My response to this in 2012 when I experienced it in Sweden was “Holy crap that was the most amazing experience ever it was like the light was bypassing my eyes and interfacing directly with my brain. If you ever get the chance you HAVE to do this!”
James Turrell - Bindu Shards (2010)
“I am placed on a sliding medical bed and locked into the sphere. And it begins.
A relaxed ambient expanse of blue is shattered by high-speed flashing that rapidly becomes an ever-changing pattern of flowers, crystals, galaxies, quasars and nebulae.
Then I see a cityscape of vertiginous skyscrapers, with no earth below. All these forms and volumes that pulse and metamorphosise are defined by colours that change convulsively – the most intensely saturated greens and reds you can imagine, colours that seem solid, then burst into microscopic patterns of oranges, blacks, gold and misty white; all these colours bubble and whir at breakneck speed, as if you were in a particle accelerator.
But the most important part of the experience is that you do not know what is inside and outside your head. I saw a space, or rather an ever-changing succession of spaces, but these were independent of any actual material reality – they existed only in my head.
What the perceptual cell does is bombard you with flashing lights to trigger the mind’s eye by exploiting a perceptual phenomenon called the Purkinje effect. The whole of space seems compressed into your skull.”
I would LOVE to experience this. Does anyone know if there will be another?
How bioluminescent bacteria is used to study pollution.
Hemorrhage (by jamescharlick)
This military hospital dates back to 1879, built on a hill since the theory at the time was that a fresh breeze would blow away infection. Eventually closing in 1996, many reasons were given for the closure, including maintenance costs, efficiency, and asbestos.
I love this captivating visual installation by amazing Japanese artist Norimichi Hirakawa. This impressive display of 3D art does a number on the eye, with cascading lights flickering, it’s hard not to miss it. Looking irreversible change in rewinding direction is never implemented by real-time processing because of its impossibility of inverse operation. The visual swerves and swivels in a mulitude of ways, showcasing different ranges of Norimichi’s visual masterpiece. Be sure to check out more of his compositions after the jump.
For a more immersive experience, check out the video over at Vimeo.
Zhan Wang - My Personal Universe. Over 5,000 stainless steel replicas of stone fragments produced during the making of Zhan Wang’s film “My Personal Universe” float in the gallery space, echoing the multiple projections of actual rocks being blown apart displayed on the walls.