Artist: Lucas Kowe (Australia)
Collaborators: Paul Craven (Australia) / Elina Lindbergh (Australia)
Synaptic Array celebrates advances in technology, mathematics and science; artist Lucas Kowe’s aim is to impress audiences with the realisation that they are now present in a future that was dreamed of throughout the twentieth century; that they bear witness to the height of the information age.
The vibrant 3D light sculpture incorporates high-speed software and hardware to create diverse arrangements of superfluid luminosity. This courses around, up and down the sculptural form, intriguing audiences from a distance and captivating them when they move in for closer inspection.
The structure comprises an coaxial array of 16 curved segments, each three metres in length; when viewed together they present a 3D canvas on which animations produce dynamic other-worldly impressions.
Lightning-quick pulses of light and pattern give way to more gradual transitions of colour across the installation. Changes in the animations switch viewer associations between sci-fi, futuristic technological devices and abstract scientific concepts.
The work reminds us what great philosophers and scientists have always foreseen: that the future is built on a union between high technology and the human condition.
Country represented by installation: Australia