Dmitry Gelfand (b.1974, St. Petersburg, Russia) and Evelina Domnitch (b. 1972, Minsk, Belarus) create sensory immersion environments that merge physics, chemistry and computer science with philosophy. Gelfand and Domnitch use wave phenomena to investigate questions of perception and infinity. They research these topics because science, which serves as the basis for contemporary thought, cannot fully explain how consciousness works. Domnitch and Gelfand’s installations have done away with ‘fixed’ art, such as recordings, and use continuously transforming phenomena instead. These phenomena take place directly in front of the observer and often serve to vastly extend the observer’s senses. Gelfand and Domnitch present their works “Implosion Chamber” and “Photonic Wind: shining into a vacuum chamber”. “Implosion Chamber” consists of high frequency sound waves going through a water-filled cylinder, causing naturally diffused air bubbles to implode. While revealing the motion imparted by sound waves, these implosions are accompanied by shock waves, supersonic liquid jet formations, temperatures as high as are found on the Sun, and conjecturably, quantum vacuum radiation. In the installation “Photonic Wind”, an Yves Klein blue laser beam levitates and propels diamond micropowder in a vacuum chamber. Forming starry jets and languorous vortical clouds, the diamond dust evokes the flow of light.
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