"light prolapse"
kinetic light sculpture by jacob sikker remin
materials: custom electronics, sound, stepper motors, wire and fluoroscent light tubes
dimensions: variable
year: 2011

this video recording of installation view, at rimbaud exhibit "det fremmede" in ny tap, copenhagen 2011.
at 2:22 timelapse footage begins.

thanks to martin thaulow for helping with the video recording!

"A sculpture of fluorescent light-tubes may create visual confusion, because these light up very brightly, and thus make it impossible to get a true sense of light and shadows on the structure. This is one of the effects, which made Jacob Sikker Remin decide on designing a snake-like installation of fluorescent tubes, and thereby create visual uncertainty about the location of the artwork in the room. “Because of the absence of shadows you only see a 2D image of an object, which actually is a 3D structure. This creates confusion about the dimensions, and might result in a hyper-real, strange experience. It may seem like a deconstructed spatiality, which teases human comprehension and starkly addresses the question of how we relate to the completely strange. When something is being projected from a higher dimension to a lower – e.g. from 3D to 2D – it might create mysterious and almost magical sensory experiences.

In his development of the artwork, Jacob Sikker Remin has also been preoccupied by the phenomenon that “people have a tendency to project human intentions into everything, and thus experience it as anthropomorphic”. He exploits this tendency by deliberately using effects, which might awaken animistic sensations in the viewer, and make him or her imagine that the installation is animated or otherwise alive. Motors and pulleys keep the light tubes in slow motion so that the viewer barely recognizes the movement, experiencing it as a kind of pulse or movement of breath. The movement in Light Prolapse’s body is supplemented with a soundtrack of the sound of a pulse. This is the sound of an irregular heartbeat that originates from a heart in so-called mitral valve prolapse. This is a deformity in the heart which causes the heart to beat irregularly. The slow movement of the Light Prolapse is supplemented by the irregular rhythm of this pulse, and thus plays a cognitive trick on the viewer. Since the heartbeat and movement of the tubes create an impression of synchronicity, they are together perceived as deriving from a living being. The work hereby establishes a meeting between the viewer and something of an otherworldly nature: A bright, non-earthly and fragile creature, created in glass, but in motion and with a loud pulse. In this encounter with the strange a relationship emerges: A meeting which at one and the same time is electric, dangerous and fragile."

- excerpt from catalogue text for Rimbaud exhibition by Karen Lisa Salamon

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