Four States is an interactive artwork conceived as a representation of our dynamic relationship with the elemental states of water. Using a mixture of high-end particle physics processing and monochrome time-lapse video the artwork explores the sensory experience of disturbing a natural state of balance.
The artwork is inspired by Man Ray photograms and scientific simulations of biogeochemical cycles and speculates on the supervenience of systems on different scales. As a triptych, three phase states of water are depicted in pinpoint quality, and optical behaviours coalescing with motions pertaining to state.
The artwork recalls Harris’ fascination with early exploration into light-based medias and their growth as tools for scientific imaging, and the playful exploration of its potentials through artistic medias in contemporary art. The relationship between the understanding of complex phenomena and the desire to comprehend their traits often rely on representational medias to embody their meaning, thereby creating a separate sensorial experience.
Signature: Signed certificate by artist
About Dominic Harris
Since establishing Cinimod, his 15-person, London-based studio in 2007, designer Dominic Harris has gained international attention for his technology-enabled works of interactive art. Trained as an architect, Harris has devoted recent years to integrating electronics into more traditional product design. His team includes programmers and workshop technicians who help him with (often quite complicated) fabrication. Harris has designed bespoke lighting for hotels, bars, restaurants, and retail spaces, as well as fine art installations. One of his most ambitious pieces invited participants to wildly gesture or even just attempt to change their own heart rate, which would in turn light up the London Eye.
British, b. 1976, based in London, United Kingdom