Maelstrom is a dynamic object. It shows a drawing process in a liquid medium. On closer inspection it is a sculptural process using tiny particles of a granular material that accumulate temporarily to form clusters and lines. But just moments before shapes become evident, they are overwritten or fall apart and disappear. They vaporize. And although Maelstrom is very material, it travels between two realms: between what is there and what is not there.
How do we perceive and shape the world in our minds? How does our imagination transform it? How does that feed-back on the world around us? What is the relation between matter and imagination and how are they entangled with each other? And why do things - and for them also materials - become increasingly malleable and fluid?
Sound: Els Viaene
Materials: Magnetite powder, Water, Glycerine, Magnet
Documentation 3min 45sec (QT, H.264, 16MB) watch it!
A book about the work will be published in spring 2012.
Maelström, the installation, is inspired by Edgar Allen Poes short story
Funded by: Communauté française de Belgique Arts Numérique and Österreichisches Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur