Light Flutter / Parliament of Colour

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Athanasiou, Nickolas, Roberts, Simon, Gladovic, Vedran and Redzic, Hariz (2018) Light Flutter / Parliament of Colour. [Show/Exhibition]


A kinetic work that takes how light is diffracted at a micro scale (as in nature with butterflies and the exoskeletons of certain insects) and creates it at a macro scale. In this installation a series of large kinetic butterflies gently flutter their wings (this is achieved mechanically through mechanical technology). As they do this, the optical materials we have produced, fracture white light into a infinite spectrum of colours. This diffraction process creates colours through structure rather than via pigmentation. The butterflies represent the notion that like white light there are complexities to questions and to their answers.

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Installation is to travel overseas and interstate in 2019-2020.
Also installed at LUX Light Festival, Wellington NZ, 18-27 May 2018 as Parliament of colour

Item type Show/Exhibition
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0205 Optical Physics
Historical > FOR Classification > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts
Current > Division/Research > PVC Students and Learning and Teaching
Keywords light installation, science art, art science, STEM, STEAM, kinetic art
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