Currently being exhibited at The Antarctic Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale of Art (May – July 31st, 2017).
This short film involves creating models of the Earth’s atmosphere in a small tank of water and photographing the results. The resulting images bear striking resemblances to the atmospheric phenomena seen at a macro scale on Earth, and are created with nothing more than water, salt, a colloid (milk), a plain white light and a camera. No coloured studio lighting and minimal-to-zero digital post production is used to create the imagery. The technique mixes a simple scientific experiment which demonstrates 'rayleigh scattering' (why the sky is blue on Earth and red in the evenings) with techniques used historically in cinema to create artificial cloud scenes in water.
This film demonstrates how deviations in the balance of a few simple elements causes infinitely varied results, which can be taken metaphorically as analogous to the chaotic nature of our climate system, a reminder of the dangers of interfering with the mechanisms of our atmosphere.
This is shared as an open source art project for educational, non-profit and non-commercial purposes. Try it yourself!
(The video is intended to be watched on tablets or phones and has no sound.)