Light in nature is used to communicate, attract and detract attention.
A.I. is pleased to present an online solo exhibition titled Invisible Worlds by IYVONE KHOO (b. Singapore). Featuring a series of video works produced during a residency at a marine biology lab in San Diego, USA. The artist explores the natural phenomena of light-emitting organisms called bioluminescent algae (marine plankton). These organisms grow to almost 1mm in size. Once stimulated, they emit light that lasts for only a tenth of a second. Khoo transmutes these silent biological pulses into an eruption and confluence of fluid lightscapes.
Two works in the Invisible Worlds series titled The Presence of Things As They Are & Messages in Light will premiere at MOVING IMAGE NYC Fair (27 Feb - 2 Mar)
"The Presence of Things As They Are" documents the organisms being stimulated by sound. The reverberations from a singing bowl produce a differentiated pattern of pulsation taking the form of a circular formation like the instrument itself. "Messages in Light" was produced only using water flow.
Other stimulants used include air pressure and other audio; musical as well as other types of sound. The artist has translated their light intensities into sound (the result being not dissimilar to R2-D2 from the movie StarWars).
Khoo hopes to raise awareness on how humans, as a species, relate and communicate with the natural world: there is energy, vibration, and song in everything, one just has to find them, even on a microscopic level.
Khoo will unveil an immersive installation commissioned by Birch Aquarium, San Diego on 7 April. It comprises a projection of a video works within an 8-feet Infinity Cube structure.
Residency awarded via MEAD Fellowship (UAL London) & in collaboration with Latz Laboratory, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (San Diego, USA). Historically, studies on ocean bioluminiscence stem from U.S. Navy & Soviet interest. Recent research is focusing on studies of the mechanics behind jet propulsion.