An installation exploring a state of matter between control and life of its own
Commonly light doesn‘t react to external forces. It simply can be refracted, focused, bended and reflected by optical methods. The opportunity to form light itself lies in a certain state of matter – plasma. The emitted light is based on charged particles and therefore is responsive to magnetic fields. Nevertheless, the conditions for control and design are limited, contingent on the chaotic character of the matter itself.

The installation „The Phantom Ballet“ illustrates how matter is subject to the vivid process of constant and fluent conversion and stages the secret life of fundamental particles and acting forces. This shapeless matter, these invisible phantoms are dancing their ephemeral ballet in a glassy sphere, drawing stories of light in a space between control and life of its own.
Creative Direction | Visuals & Hardware by Verena Bachl
Creative Direction | Production & Code by Karsten Schuhl
Sounddesign by Karsten Schuhl
Materials: Steel, stained beech wood, concrete, stainless steel, polyoxymethylen, plasma, electronics
Size: Height: 150 cm  I  Diameter: 30 cm
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