Phantom Ballet
An installation exploring a state of matter between control and life of its own
Commonly, light doesn‘t react to external forces. It can simply be refracted, focused, bended, and reflected by optical methods. The opportunity to form light itself lies in a particular 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, is dancing its ephemeral ballet in a glassy sphere, drawing stories of light in a space between control and life of its own.

In collaboration with Verena Bachl
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