Published on Aug 1, 2012
Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin's newest exhibition, SURFACE TENSION: THE FUTURE OF WATER, opened at the 2012 World Science Festival in New York City on May 30th. The striking exhibit investigates water as a precious resource with a dynamic, interactive, and provocative series of works by more than 50 artists, designers, engineers, and scientists whose work lies firmly at the crossroads of art and science.
The follow-up to Science Gallery's "eye-popping" (WIRED) 2011 US exhibition BIORHYTHM: Music and the Body, SURFACE TENSION explores water's physical properties, its role in politics and economics, and innovative ways in which it may be harnessed, cleaned, and distributed.
Among the highlights are:
PROTEI 002 by Protei -- An open-source prototype for a robotic sailing ship that could clean up future oil spills
TELEPRESENT WATER by David Bowen -- A mechanical grid whose motion is stimulated by the movement of waves from a distant, unknown location
BIT.FALL by Julius Popp -- An electronically controlled waterfall made up of words generated by the current stream of news on the internet
EVENT HORIZON by Petroc Sesti -- A giant bell jar in which a perpetual whirlpool spirals, suspended in perpetual motion
HYDROCORDIAN by Di Mainstone -- A playful musical device that enlists "squeezicians" to create music through digitized harmonies, sloshing, and water-drips
HYDROGENY by Evelina Domnitch & Dmitri Gelfand -- A laser-illuminated water chamber filled with nanobubbles of natures simplest atom -- hydrogen
THE SWIMMER by Fergal McCarthy -- A film by Nicky Gogan re-enacting the cross-county swim of a 1968 classic film across Dublin's aquatic landscape.
RESISTANCE AND RESILIENCE - An evolving collaboration between Eyebeam artists Mary Mattingly, Jon Cohrs and Taeyoon Choi.
The exhibition was created by Science Gallery and is made possible through the generous support of Culture Ireland and the Cordover Family Foundation. SURFACE TENSION is curated by Ralph Borland, Michael John Gorman, Bruce Misstear and Jane Withers.
Eyebeam is a nonprofit cultural center dedicated to the creative manipulation of technology. SURFACE TENSION is the second collaborative exhibition that Eyebeam has mounted with Science Gallery, following on from a successful run of BIORHYTHM in summer 2011.
Camera / Edit: Paul Rowley
Music: Brian Crosby