"In physics, the term “exotic matter” is typically applied to matter whose existence is hypothetical or about which little is known. In this work, I have generated my own hypothetical matter; the exoticism of which is completely dependent upon its visual representation. The phenomena and matter represented in these images do not and have never physically existed. They can be seen but not touched."
Zachary Norman - Exotic Matter (2014)
Nikola Tesla in his laboratory ca.1899
Alejandro Guijarro - Momentum (2010-12)
“The artist travelled to the great quantum mechanics institutions of the world and, using a large-format camera, photographed blackboards as he found them. Momentum displayed the photographs in life-size.
Before he walked into a lecture hall Guijarro had no idea what he might find. He began by recording a blackboard with the minimum of interference. No detail of the lecture hall was included, the blackboard frame was removed and we are left with a surface charged with abstract equations. Effectively these are documents. Yet once removed from their institutional beginnings the meaning evolves. The viewer begins to appreciate the equations for their line and form. Color comes into play and the waves created by the blackboard eraser suggest a vast landscape or galactic setting. The formulas appear to illustrate the worlds of Quantum Mechanics. What began as a preciselecture, a description of the physicist’s thought process, is transformed into a canvas open to any number of possibilities.”
"Scotland-based laser physicist-turned-artist and web developer Tom Beddard, aka subBlue, has produced a number of intriguing geometric forms he refers to as Fabergé Fractals. Like an ornate Fabergé egg, Beddard's creations boast brilliant and intricate design patterns. The English artist uses a formulaic method to create his digitally rendered three-dimensional models."
"Hans Christian Ørsted, born this day in 1777, was a Danish physicist and chemist who was one of the first to publish on the relationship between electric currents and magnetic fields, an important aspect of electromagnetism. He was also a philosopher and poet whose ideas, including his scientific theories, were strongly influenced by Kant.
Image from Hans Christian Oersted’s Der Geist in der Natur (1850) (via Smithsonian Institution Libraries : Color patterns 2003-28012)"