kalos, “beautiful, beauty”
eidos, “that which is seen: form, shape”
skopeō, ”to look to, to examine”
hence, “observer of beautiful forms“
CatchLight is designed to capture photons and hold them for an instant, contained in an ephemeral prism of mirrors. They bounce and fragment towards infinity, picking up the colours and shapes of the occupants on its journey before finding a pathway to escape through the viewer’s eyes, or one of the holes through which it entered.
An ever changing explosion of reality is generated through motion, through the changes in the light, and the flow of visitors into the space. An infinite world beyond the surface is made visible, an unknown dimension that light reveals. The result is a mesmerizing echo chamber of light.
CatchLight is an expansive space for the mind, igniting the imagination. Inspiring creation, rousing enthusiasm; it uses light to create constant shifting frames of reference that straddle the realms of science, psychology and architecture. The physical components of these works (light, earth, timber, metal and plastic) share a central function: fostering a mutual engagement between viewer and environment; each second different from the last.
The aim is to create a dialogue between the participant and the infinite. The reflection of self can go unnoticed in its original context. But by implicating the viewer in the creation of a glimpse into a hidden dimension, I attempt to engage them in a way that is both physically involving and captivating.
“Fractal Cult” is an installation consisting of two types of structures that aim to create an intriguing, mesmerising, explorative, playful and interactive experience for visitors of the 2013 Burning Man festival, an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self-expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.
The geometry of the installation is based on the work of Swedish mathematician Niels Fabian Helge von Koch and in particular his invention of the Koch Snowflake, one of the earliest fractal curves to be described. Specifically, the structures are an adaptation of Koch Snowflake’s principles into a three-dimensional environment that essentially starts with a regular tetrahedron and recursively generates new tetrahedrons on each of its faces resulting in a complex, yet simply and efficiently defined, end result.
The timber pods, during daylight, are the first structure that a visitor encounters and both initiate and welcome the exploration of its symmetric but complex structure. Visitors are also able to enter the pods and experience an even more intriguing spectacle of the formation of faces and joints that create a kaleidoscope-like effect. They can also be used as temporary shelters from wind and sun, or even a meditation space. During the night, these timber fractal pods are illuminated from their interior, creating magnificent patterns of lighting that will attract visitors and welcome them to explore the site.
The imposing, central structure, during daylight, attracts visitors with its fractal nature, yet simple construction, and invites visitors to climb and engage with it with in all sorts of ways. Climbing the exterior and attempting to reach the top or even getting inside the interior and enjoy the complexity that the multiple layers of nets create. Moreover, the structure can definitely be seen as becoming a much more live thing during the festival, with people using the nets to create temporary shelters from the sun by weaving cloth materials or similar, forming a patchwork effect on the structure’s faces. It is difficult to predict exactly the kind of behaviour that visitors will have towards such a structure but more likely than not its lightweight nature, great size and the multifunctional nature of nets will allow for several different scenarios which would be great to observe. During the night, the structure maintains the same use but it is symmetrically lit with stage lights pointing from the ground up that will give the structure an illuminating effect and hopefully attract visitors from far away.
Last but not least, the geometry of the structures is strongly spiritually connected to Mekabah, a divine light vehicle allegedly used by ascended masters to connect with and reach those in tune with the higher realms. “Mer” means Light. “Ka” means Spirit. “Ba” means Body. Mer-Ka-Ba means the spirit/body surrounded by counter-rotating fields of light, (wheels within wheels), spirals of energy as in DNA, which transports spirit/body from one dimension to another.
Overall, “Fractal Cult” aims to offer a great variety of fun and explorative options, as well as serving as a place able to transform to temporary shelter or meditation space for visitors, while at the same time impose beauty through its fractal and symmetric nature.