Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand – Sinking Thoughts
‘Sinking Thoughts’ envisions the imminent elucidation of a black hole’s interior, where not only space-time but also its underlying qubits of information might become irreversibly warped. Alternatively, the information crossing an event horizon may remain intact, if it is quantum-teleported through a wormhole throat.
Laser-lit clouds of submillimetre soap bubbles embracingly trace the airflow around an orifice. At a certain distance from the inhaling hole a horizon forms, separating the flow between inbound air and the rest of the substrate. Once the bubbles traverse this vacillating boundary they become entrained filaments that plummet inward.
Besides tracing vortical motion, these luminous bubble trajectories lay bare a phenomenon known as the Coandă effect: when a fluid jet traverses an orifice it tends to follow adjacent surfaces and to entrain surrounding fluid so that a low-pressure region emerges along the surface.
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 presented in collaboration with Crossing Parallels Residency (TodaysArt & TU Delft), and physicist Fulvio Scarano of the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. Fulvio Scarano and his team have pioneered the development of a helium-filled soap bubble system to profusely seed the air stream in large-scale wind tunnels. The system has significantly enhanced the measurement of three-dimensional velocity and vorticity, as well as aerodynamic forces and loads. Special thanks to Constantin Jux, PhD Canditate, Aerodynamics Department.
More information on the collaboration here.