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Sachiko Kodama: When I Met This Material

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Uploaded on Dec 12, 2007

While most visual artists prefer traditional materials
such as oil, acrylic, bronze and ceramic, Tokyo-based
SACHIKO KODAMA prefers FERROFLUIDS. Composed of
magnetic nanoparticles, ferrofluids often contain high
levels of iron and, as such, are deeply affected by
and responsive to the presence of magnetic fields.
While the NASA-developed ferrofluids are being used
increasingly for commercial applications - on
everything from compact disks to weight-responsive car
suspension systems - Kodama is revolutionary in
applying their widely dynamic qualities to the fine
arts arena.

Using a computer to manipulate electro-magnetic fields
in the sculptures, Kodama coerces her stunning
ferrfluid pieces to grow and disintegrate, flower and
shed, and constantly reinvent themselves without the
aid of animatronics or video wizardry.

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