Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand – Orbihedron
‘Orbihedron’ offers an unimaginable portal into a warped spacetime and its underlying holographic principle. A dark vortex in the middle of a water-filled basin emits prismatic bursts of rotating light, evoking the radiant ergosphere around a spinning black hole. Descending into the eye of the vortex, a white laser beam reaches an impassible singularity, casting a whirling circular shadow on the basin’s floor.
The singularity lies at the bottom of a dimple on the water’s surface, the crown of the vortex, which acts as a concave lens focusing the laser beam along the horizon of the “black hole shadow”. Light is seemingly swallowed by the black hole in accordance with general relativity, yet leaks out as quantum theory predicts.
Dmitry Gelfand and Evelina Domnitch create sensory immersion environments that merge physics, chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices. The artists employ the newest scientific findings, particularly regarding wave phenomena, to investigate questions of perception and perpetuity. Their installations exist as ever-transforming phenomena offered for observation. Because these rarely seen phenomena take place directly in front of the observer without being intermediated, they often serve to vastly extend the observer’s sensory envelope.
This work is a collaboration with LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) and composer William Basinski. It is presented in collaboration with Crossing Parallels Residency (TodaysArt & TU Delft)