The “Particulates that Matter” celebrates the phenomena of Northern Lights and latest scientific findings regarding that phenomena: confirmation that in some occurrences it creates sound; and Earth’s connection to the Sun through the recently discovered fact that the Earth’s magnetosphere, where the Northern Lights are created, is connected to solar winds via “long, wound magnetic field lines that resemble the braids of a rope, through which particles are channeled”.
The “Particulates that Matter” also marks the 2013 as a last year of 11 years’ Solar cycle which relates to extremely strong solar activities and their effects on our planet. Northern Lights are natural sensors as well as results of those activities, creating amazing audio-visual spectacle on both polar sides. Sadly not all of us can witness that in situ, however many people can be experience it in other ways - as magnetic activities has an impact on many aspects of our lives on which we are dependent nowadays, such as modern communication devices.
Our installation “Particulates that Matter” aims to provide an experience not only a beauty of phenomena of Northern Lights but the mechanisms based on which Auroras are created. The installation is fed by real time data signals of magnetic field strength, made free to use by the Nasa Observatory, so that aside being an art installation, “Particulates that Matters” can act as a sensor for all strong solar and magnentic activities.
“Particulates that Matter” also is our attempt to push boundaries of visualisation of particles systems, commonly associated now with screen based computer simulation, made in one or the other programming environment. We attempt to take that out of the screen and extend it into physical world, by using real particles (such as metal dust) being animated with soundwaves or electromagnets.
“Particulates that Matter” is also a comment on our changing relationship and perception to and off nature - from myths and beliefs about Northern Lights as the lights were the energies of the souls of the departed, to our current fears that the strong solar winds will interfere with our communication devices or electricity supply.