If you’ve visited here more than a few times before, you’ve probably noticed that I’m moved by movement: kinetic art movement especially. Since an early 70’s introduction through books by Guy Brett, John Tovey, and others as well as the wonderful, greatly-missed Arts Magazine, I bought and created, often deceptively (in both opposing senses) simple, kinetic pieces that most often used light as the focal point of the work. Interests naturally expanded into the area of Lumino (retroactively) and later, video art and the creation of video sculpture-based situation-events, so there’s been a continuing and growing attraction for me to this kind of work. I’m mentioning this to point to some of the past posts you may have seen here, but also, to introduce The Particle.
The Particle is a kinetic sculpture that uses a continuous rotation whereby light and speed create “persistence of vision” effects that define the structure of a particular object. It’s as if you are watching an ever-changing but defining pellucid layer that form vacillating inner and outer structures. The sculpture forms and reacts by generating events that modulate the sound and surrounding space which, in turn, changes both the immediate atmosphere as well as one’s perception of the sculpture-event. Because of this formation and reaction of generating events based on continually changing sensory information, the vibrations of color, sound and visual patterns are in flux at one moment or as an encapsulated order during another.
The first video is Alex Posada‘s own explanation of how The Particle was created. The second is a video I made while observing the work. The act of recording video reminded me of how differently one’s eyes react to seeing something wildly kinetic and full of constant color changes. There were clear differences between the color nuance that your brain could interpret and what a camera would catch in a simple recording, but even tho they were different, there’s still a world of visual thrill that you’ll be able to see here. Above are 9 randomly chosen frame shots from the recorded video.
(thanks to Alex Posada)