Between Solid and Liquid: Constructed Landscapes
Multimedia installation: interactive video/audio, digital photographs, CNC generated cast resin sculpture, audio, video projection, artist book
Bridget Baird, Professor Emerita in Computer Science at Connecticut College
LYMAN ALLYN ART MUSEUM, FACULTY EXHIBITION (2015)
KONSTEPIDEMIN GALLERIES, GÖTEBORG, SWEDEN (2014)
The changing state of melting, or fusion, is a physical process that results in the phase transition of a substance from a solid to a liquid. This body of work is inspired by the ephemeral moment of the state of transition, exploring shifting, transitional landscapes and the attempt of marking place.
Temperature fluxuation changes form and alters landscape. Glaciers are retreating and icebergs that have broken off from the Greenland coast drift southward due to climate change and rising of global temperatures. Tracking data makes visible these changes and movements of the environment. Between solid and liquid focuses on both the changing state (both natural and human-made) of the Icelandic landscape and the temperature changes in the northern arctic. The source of the work originates from collecting and analyzing scientific data from satellite imagery, GPS data, Icelandic glacial data (Icelandic Meteorological Office), and drifting iceberg data from IIP (International Ice Patrol) and then transforming it into digitally generated data landscapes, processed sound and video, and 3D printed sculptural forms.
Active Iceland, unique because it straddles two tectonic plates and is the only place in the world where the mid-Atlantic rift is visible above the surface of the ocean. High latitude, Iceland has the world's third-largest icecap.
The processes that are used for making the work include digital 3D software, CNC milling and 3D printing. The generative and parametric sketching process, found in Rhino software and the plugin Grasshopper, open up new and complex variability in digital forms. These digital processes allow forms to be malleable, transformable, morphed and animated. The malleability of new digital processes effectively visualize the changing state of the Icelandic landscape.
"Higher Ordered States" digital photographs, 24x30"
"Drifting" interactive installation of 12,000 IIP iceberg data sets, variable size
"Drifting Data" interactive installation, 12,000 IIP iceberg data sets, 90 5x7" printed pages
"Surrounding Katla" (detail) CNC generated resin sculpture, variable size
"Field Recordings" (detail) five place-based digital audio recordings
"Phase Transition/Landscape of Voices" still frame from 4 minute digital video, stereo sound
"Langjokull (a study of measurement and loss)" detail of archival box, cut board, etched glass
"Parametric Landscape Study of Temperature)" digitally generated laser print on mylar, 60x30"