Wave Fragment is a kinetic light sculpture that is in the ability to display wind-related flow fields by the reflection of light, inspired by the continuous movement of water.
The guiding motive is bound to memories of the sea while the light is dancing on its waters in rhythmic motion caused by airflows. The work responds to ideas of digital simulations of particle flows and the visualization of computational fluid dynamics. Wave Fragment as a physical sculpture uses these parameters as decisive factors for creating generative works of art. Carrying an immersive quality, the emergent patterns show the interplay of forces caused by the chaotic nature of these phenomenons.
Although the configurations are manifold and diverse, the patterns of light and shade stay comprehensible and their emergence readable due to the control of external wind sources used to breathe life into this artwork.
Being charmed by its vivid play but concurrently being sharply reminded of its artificiality, we are aware of this manifested technological simulacrum as a contrast to its natural model. While watching the waves, we remember the fragility of our natural ecosystems and their complex and dynamic interactions, of which we too are part of.
Wave Fragment (2019)
Material: Aluminum, steel, stainless steel, fans, electronics
Size:150 x 150 x 12 cm | ~ 70 kg
Studio Verena Bachl
Verena Bachl is a Berlin-based artist. Inspired by experimental methods within contemporary art and design, natural sciences and engineering, her work could be seen as ongoing research, oscillating in the media art field. A particular interest of her applies to chaotic, nonlinear systems and creations, which are not only based on automatism but “life of its own” – this moment of autopoiesis when a complex or even chaotic system is capable of maintaining itself, coupled with its medium in continuous dynamic. Her primary focus is not mere observation but initialization of phenomena and therefore the creation of artworks for producing and illustrating them.