Instability of Nature
Transforming radioactivity into a work of art. A luminous creation reacting in real time to the ambient radioactivity. A hypnotizing ripple disturbed by waves of light. A visualization of the particles captured by a Geiger-Müller counter.
Radioactivity is a natural and ubiquitous phenomenon, but human activity has turned it into an invisible and frightening threat: nuclear disasters, radioactive waste or atomic bombs. In line with the Earthquake Lamp, Political Lamp or MoonPhase Lamp projects, the work Instability of Nature hides its true nature behind a beautiful object, and immediately modifies the observer’s behavior when its purpose is revealed, causing anxiety and fascination.
Hiding a Geiger-Müller counter, the creation Instability of Nature is able to detect beta and gamma ionizing radiations released by radioactive atoms. Each particle detected causes a light wave propagating on the surface of the artwork, accompanied by the characteristic click of a Geiger counter. A luminous device which makes it possible to visualize the ambient radioactivity which surrounds us.
Instability of Nature is a reflection on decay, through the prism of the disintegration of atomic nuclei. An exploration of the similarities between the mineral world and the organic world. A questioning about the relationship between the deterioration of matter and the degeneration of the mind and human societies.
2018 – 3D Printing, Wood, Electronics, LEDs, Geiger-Müller Counter