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ELEMENTAL

ELEMENTAL

ELEMENTAL

Film by Siobhan McDonald,

3 minutes

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

In collaboration with ‘The Water Project,’  I presented ‘Elemental,’ at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris in April 2014.

'Elemental' documents a set of ancient Irish Coral Fossils and their journey through water as patterns in motion across time. Using geological technology I magnified the fossils to deflect their real world reference as macroscopic and microscopic images resonate with ideas of self-similarity in physics. Fractal coast lines look similar at all scales in the same way that the patterns found in the coral fossils resemble the patterns found in river systems and lakes shores.

A curiosity about corals has long informed my work as it is an organism underwater but turns into stone on land. When I was a child I used to collect them. They fascinated me for their beauty and for their link to time. For this project ‘Elemental,’ I’m working mainly with calcium carbonate, often combining it with water and subjecting it to the ravages of fire, thereby effecting transformations. The drawings in Elemental are informed by the tradition of alchemy - Alchemical fire blackens, destroys and magically revives and new understanding is ushered in through scorched portals.

http://waterprojectsound.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FszNoiw_TJY

Elemental, 'Installation shot'

Elemental, 'Installation shot'

350 million year old coral fossil, music wire and projection.

'Elemental,' Installaion shot.

'Elemental,' Installaion shot.

Magnified section of a 350 million year old coral fossil.

'Elemental'

'Elemental'

Installation shot

Magnified section of a 350 million year old coral fossil.

June 2014

ELEMENTAL

ELEMENTAL

Film by Siobhan McDonald,

3 minutes

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

In collaboration with ‘The Water Project,’  I presented ‘Elemental,’ at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris in April 2014.

'Elemental' documents a set of ancient Irish Coral Fossils and their journey through water as patterns in motion across time. Using geological technology I magnified the fossils to deflect their real world reference as macroscopic and microscopic images resonate with ideas of self-similarity in physics. Fractal coast lines look similar at all scales in the same way that the patterns found in the coral fossils resemble the patterns found in river systems and lakes shores.

A curiosity about corals has long informed my work as it is an organism underwater but turns into stone on land. When I was a child I used to collect them. They fascinated me for their beauty and for their link to time. For this project ‘Elemental,’ I’m working mainly with calcium carbonate, often combining it with water and subjecting it to the ravages of fire, thereby effecting transformations. The drawings in Elemental are informed by the tradition of alchemy - Alchemical fire blackens, destroys and magically revives and new understanding is ushered in through scorched portals.

http://waterprojectsound.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FszNoiw_TJY

Elemental, 'Installation shot'

350 million year old coral fossil, music wire and projection.

'Elemental,' Installaion shot.

Magnified section of a 350 million year old coral fossil.

'Elemental'

Installation shot

Magnified section of a 350 million year old coral fossil.

June 2014

ELEMENTAL
Elemental, 'Installation shot'
'Elemental,' Installaion shot.
'Elemental'