Partial Vacuum

 

There is an image but no vanishing point. There is an image but no center of attention. Instead, a small vacuum which equates to the vanes of the radiometer.

An artifact in constant movement, as are our memories:
fleeting, decelerating, gone.

 

Partial Vacuum is an installation that places seven found photographs next to seven radiometers or light mills. As a viewer you see an image, but no vanishing point or centre of attention.

Glass, acrylic resin and mica stone are the primary materials of the installation. Image and object together form a dedicated milieu in which the viewer is invited to imagine and wander.

Created in 1875 by physicist William Crookes with the help of master glass-blower Charles Gimmingham, the radiometers were part of a set of experiments studying attraction or repulsion resulting from radiation. At that point, they were a powerful topic of discussion in science and to this day they retain their appeal due to their beauty and formal delicacy.

These qualities and their pairing with found photographs formed the inception of Partial vacuum, a work that explores how we cope with remembrance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Paul McGee / workspacebrussels.

 

Photo by Paul McGee / workspacebrussels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project supported by workspacebrussels and presented at Les Brigittines -Playhouse for movement as part of Working Title Festival 2018