City of Salt
Salt is the only rock directly consumed by man. It corrodes but preserves, dessicates but is wrested from the water. It has fascinated man for thousands of years not only as a substance he prized and was willing to labour to obtain, but also as a generator of poetic and mythic meaning. The contradictions it embodies only intensify its power and its links with experience of the sacred. –Margaret Visser
Salt possesses a very intimate relationship with human life and the body and has a rich history as a trade commodity. Pythagoras ones said “Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea.” This mythological quality still remains within this omnipresent mineral. ”City of Salt” is a series of sculptures created out of Sodium Chloride. These sculptures use a reductive process to achieve its form, using water and time as carving tools, the erosion captures and exposes times pathways, carving cavities which resemble arroyos or ice glaciers. The delicate and elegant forms are sculptural, yet have a clear relationship to nature as well as architecture. Crystalline relics of ancient/future structures discovered thousands of years from now.
The Mind Map series was created over a one month long experiment. Yulia attempted to learn a daily meditation practice for a duration of 40-60 min each session. Using the (RedGreenBrain) robot to create maps of her mind during these sessions. The brainwave-controlled drawing robot was built by Santhi Elayaperumal and maps your brain activity by moving in certain directions based on the user’s attention and meditation levels, communicated via wireless electroencephalography or EEG.
RedGreenBrain: explained by Santhi Elayaperumal
At the juncture of technology and art we find ourselves looking into a mirror of our mind’s eye. In this work, the artist brings the observer into the work, not as creator or subject, but as the medium itself. The spasmodic motions of pen on paper are the result of one’s brain wave patterns, moved by a sub-conscious neural response. This collision of sensoryinfluences reminds us of the illusion of the conscious agency that we assume in our day‐to‐day living, when indeed our minds have abstract processes beyond our control or understanding. In contrast, the uniqueness of the human experience comes from our ability to focus our thoughts through concentration and meditation. This exhibit provides the observer with an insight into both the difficulty of achieving this state of mind, and the deep reward of doing so.
Santhi Elayaperumal is currently a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, perusing research in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatible sensors. Her interests include medical device design, surgical robotics, haptics, and design methodologies for high technology projects.
This series of drawings was created during a residency at Goldwell Open Air Museum in Death Valley, NV. Images were redrawn from rapatronic photographs of nuclear explosion tests conducted by the US government above ground in Nevada and New Mexico.
History of the images: A professor of electrical engineering from MIT named Harold Eugene “Doc” Edgerton invented the rapatronic camera, a device capable of capturing images from the fleeting instant directly following a nuclear explosion. These single-use cameras were able to snap a photo one ten-millionth of a second after detonation from about seven miles away, with an exposure time of as little as ten nanoseconds. At that instant, a typical fireball had already reached about 100 feet in diameter, with temperatures three times hotter than the surface of the sun. Images are declassified property of U.S. Government.
The series of works is titled “Into Singularity I Become One With the Nuclear Sun.” The title came after J. Robert Oppenheimer, witnessed the world’s first nuclear explosion in New Mexico when he quoted a passage from the Bhagavad Gita, the classic Vedic text, “If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst forth at once in the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One… I am become Death/Time, the destroyer of worlds.”
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