Project Drawing Proposal
For Want of a Nail
My proposal idea is based in the String Theory and Cold Fusion.
I will knit one black and one white, metre wide and approx six metre long scarf. The scarves will be hung tightly between the floor and the ceiling. In front of each scarf, facing each other , will be two `walls’, with holes in them, where a string will come through from each scarf. The viewers job is to pull the strings together at the same time. By pulling the strings the scarves will unravel.
This work is referencing the concept of cold fusion which is based in one particle of matter and one particle of anti-matter meeting and fusing. They need to be `soul mates’ (or polar opposites,) for the fusion to work and create energy. The theory is that if this is worked out effectively the energy produced by the fusing of the particles will be able to give us power for electricity. However there is some problems possible with the outcome, namely the scientists are uncertain of the impact this will have on the anti-matter world and the matter world and according to the string theory this could be like pulling the thread from fabric and be the undoing of the anti-matter and matter world.
Anyway influences for my artwork are Len Lye, and his use of science and physics in his artwork. When I worked at the Auckland Art Gallery his work A Universe was up in the Making Worlds Exhibition. It was powered by electro- magnetic energy and worked on apparently random movement. *(the Chaos Theory) though with long periods of observation the movement did appear to have a pattern.
Other influences are Klaus (don’t know his last name) whom I met on Waiheke Island a few years back his work involved pendulums and the use of kinetic energy without using electricity. Klaus also worked at the Steiner school teaching the kids how to make their own instruments etc.
Other artists such as Sam Hamilton and James Mc Carthy , with their sound work and Annette Messager with her use of fabric and words in her artwork and Loris Geraud ` Topsy’ 2006 (telephone that talks 80`s arthouse songs to you) have influenced me.
Steven Jones, Ray Tomes
Bbc website – big explosion