Indiscernible to humans, polarised light is widely used by octopuses and other marine creatures to navigate and to communicate with each other. Light Catcher is a poetic optical device that invites you to explore this visual realm and rediscover your natural environment through sensory information otherwise imperceptible to the naked human eye.
Scout the horizon until you uncover a spot where light is naturally polarised. Caught by the instrument, the reflected light is deciphered into a colourful kaleidoscopic pattern and reveals its hidden dimensions. A solar cell powers a system of rotating lenses to modulate the patterns over time, sparking new narratives.
This work was created by Nadya Suvorova as part of the artists-in-labs residency program (ZHdK) at the Division for Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering of KAUST in 2018. The artists-in-labs residency of Nadya Suvorova was supported by KAUST, Office of Enrichment and Pro Helvetia.