2011 Atomism


Residual images within silver.

burnished silver captured with an Atomic Force Microscope 2010


LEA Volume 17 Issue 1: Atomism: Residual Images within Silver


Atomism is a collaborative Installation with Kevin Raxworthy that investigates silver, the mirror, and quantum theories of light. Richard Feynman in his 1979 lectures tells that light hits a mirror at all points not just at the point of reflection. All points on the surface of the mirror receive and reflect light based on the spin of the photon which is not visible to the viewer.  Atomism explores what happens to the reflected image along the surface of the mirror making what is invisible visible.

Screen shot 2011-03-01 at 11.32.40 PM
Screen capture from the project Atomism

This particular work uses data from an AFM scans of the silver substrate to act as a filter for a live camera feed image of the viewer. Thousands of these images are processed via the visualization of photons paths across the screen of the metaphorical mirror. Each viewer’s portrait is spun representing the movement of a single photon’s frequency in relation to its angle of incidence The work will create a visual data cloud from which emerging forms can be glimpsed.
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