Light, as we usually interpret it, is an element without mass and gravity. For "the weight of light" dots of light appear to have mass, momentum and kinetic energy on physical paths. One simulates the expected behaviour while the counterpart inverts gravity, causing us to experience a fictional space of light. The installation plays with our sense of reality and emphasizes the materiality of immaterial elements in an revolving reality which overcomes the dualism of "virtual" and "real". Therefore "the weight of light" goes beyond expected behaviour. Thus the matter of light traverses a re-interpretation of our known reality.
Each moving light dot is underlined by an auditive representation in the range of low frequencies. Phenomena of standing sound waves and frequency interferences support the shape waved structure. Thereby an immersive space is created where the movement of light is also represented by vibrational patterns of oscillating sound waves. To realize the project we use addressable LED stripes, controlled via custom-made electronics and a computer system for the physics and sound engine. In addition a 4-channel sound system is installed on-site.
"the weight of light" by
Martin Hesselmeier, Andreas Muxel
Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne
Development Physics Engine
Kunsthaus Rhenania, Sparkasse-Kulturstifung Rheinland, Sparkasse KölnBonn, LVR, Stadt Köln, RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur