LEAD ANGELS [LA1.0]
Frederik De Wilde
Opening on September 28, during Ca' Foscari's Researchers' Night, our Art for Global Challenges programme will host De Wilde's artistic interpretation of the concept of radiation, energy and true random numbers, exploring the weak nuclear force, in collaboration with the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN).
"Our world is changing rapidly. Monitoring our environment and bodies is key to understand our world and ourselves, create awareness and act on it. The kinetic and audiovisual installation Lead Angels 1.0 draws attention to human intervention in the environment. The work could be seen as a realization of the Anthropocene. The installation senses the environment by detecting radiation (e.g. uraninite, cosmic radiation, uranium salt), and transforms the radiation measurements in a techno-poetic experience of sound, light and movement.
Uranium glass, also known as Great Depression glass or Vaseline glass, has the particular property of emitting a bright acid lime green when lit with ultra violet light. [LA1.0] incorporates hand drawn uranium glass rods placed on stepper motors that rotate and light up under controlled UV light flashes based on radioactive alpha particle decay measurements. Moreover each measurement triggers steps, rotations, directions, different behaviours, uv-flashes and Geiger-clicks. Every kinetic element has a piezo speaker to make individual Geiger-clicks audible. A display shows the Geiger-counts, the half life of the uranium glass, and by doing so visualizing its own half life or death. [LA1.0] is a techno-poetic meditation on controlling chaos, radiation, decay, energy, life and death."
The audience will be able to change the dynamics of the installation by inserting different radioactive samples.
The INFN participation is realized within the Art&Science Across Italy project, aimed at bringing Italian high school students closer to the world of science and scientific research through the language of art.