The Abysses of the Scorching Sun [2018 - ongoing]
In her new kinetic light installation ‘The Abysses of the Scorching Sun’ Nicky Assmann refers to the ideas of the earth and the sun as a perpetuum mobile, the passage of time, the finite and the infinite, the global warming and changing climate of our planet, how we humans are part of this earthly existence, and how accidental and ephemeral our existence is when compared to the cosmos. In this creation the artist was inspired by the early work of kinetic light art pioneer Thomas Wilfred and continues her research towards the realization of a future land art installation powered by solar energy to be installed in the desert.
The installation is a light machine which is pointed towards the sun and follows its trajectory by using a sun tracer. Its telescope traces the path of light and moves slowly, almost invisibly, throughout the day. The machine is based on the concept of a sun dial, but instead of indicating time, it projects light back to the sun. The light travels through a set of lenses, colour wheels, and dimpled mirror cones before projecting its rays onto the white walls of the space. The visuals move throughout the space as the installation follows the sun.
Thermophiles and algae, which are colored microscopic and photosynthetic organisms that are able to survive at high temperatures and are linked to the beginning of life, are sources of inspiration for the installation and used in creating its visuals.
The different cycles lead to an ever changing prismatic colored visual output, that, together with the moving wheels and cones, is reminiscent of the eye of a storm. It is the calm before the havoc, the moment prior to reaching a state of entropy.
Co-production: Werktank / With support of The Creative Industries Fund NL & The Flemish Government.
Research & concept: Nicky Assmann
Sound composition: Joris Strijbos & Nicky Assmann
Realisation: Nicky Assmann, Jeroen Molenaar, Spectro Productions, Joris Strijbos, Daan Johan, Dieter Vandoren, Joris Rockx