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‘Wave Fragment’ light reflection artwork by Verena Bachl

Wave Fragment is a kinetic sculpture that is in the ability to display wind-related flow fields and the emergence of turbulences by the reflection of light.

The guiding motive is bound to memories of the sea while the light is dancing on its waters in rhythmic motion caused by airflows. The work responds to ideas of digital simulations of particle flows and the visualization of computational fluid dynamics.

Wave Fragment as a physical sculpture uses these parameters as decisive factors for creating generative works of art. Carrying an immersive quality, the emergent patterns show the interplay of forces caused by the chaotic nature of these phenomenons. Being charmed by its vivid play but concurrently being sharply reminded of its artificiality, we are aware of this manifested technological simulacrum as a contrast to its natural model.

Although the configurations are manifold and diverse, the patterns of light and shade stay comprehensible and their emergence readable due to the control of external wind sources used to breathe life into this artwork.

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