SpaceTime Helix real-time optoacoustic instrument by Michela Pelusio SpaceTime Helix is an audiovisual performance with a giant spinning standing wave in... Read More
real-time optoacoustic instrument by Michela Pelusio
SpaceTime Helix is an audiovisual performance with a giant spinning standing wave in a white string, forming a large helicoid up to the ceiling. The helix surface is bright and transparent, with waves running over it, disappearing into the future, more and more distant in space-time. With this work, I wanted to explore helical symmetries and infinity, frequencies and geometry, elementary particles and quantum physics, sonic visions and perceptions. SpaceTime Helix's performance is like a play with elementary physics and particles. In my work, I often play with physical and natural phenomena which stimulate the observation and the perception of our inner and outer space.
The standing wave, a resonance in a string, is everywhere in nature in ancient science and in modern science. 2500 years ago Pythagoras invented the musical scale of frequencies and predicted that stars and planets move as in harmonic oscillation. He called it “Harmony of the Spheres”. Quantum mechanics is a theory from about 100 years ago, and in quantum mechanics, the standing waves are the energy levels of the particles. String theory is a very recent theory from the 1970s, also called 'the theory of everything'. In String theory particles themselves are just vibrations in small multidimensional strings. Every harmonic of the string is another type of particle. So standing waves and vibrating strings are really fundamental in our understanding of the world and the universe.
This work is a metaphor for the return to the root of things, and to the simplicity and the complexity of the macro and microcosmos, the internal and external space, the architecture of the mind and the architecture of nature. A natural phenomenon which is almost a miracle right in front of your eyes.
Mutek Montreal wrote the following about SpaceTime Helix: “Quantum physics meets audiovisual experimentation in Michela's performances and installations: interactive creations that bend space, light, matter, and sound into malleable immersive environments...