waves (2013)

This is a classic example of cross-directed motion using a multi-reactor configuration on a uniform projection surface. Simultaneously, there are currents flowing in two separate directions, creating cross-hatched patterns in both positive and negative space.

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Two optical reactors are configured so that their fields overlap completely. One reaction is proceeding to the left, while the other makes progress to the right. The point of this experiment is to study the phenomenon of locally coincident contrary motion, which is the tendency for overlapping reactions to interleave in such a way as to suggest simultaneous movement in conflicting directions.

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With some level of control, it is possible to create long sequences of video which feeds upon itself frame by frame, uncovering graphical forms that are unique from one moment to the next yet exhibiting a consistent graphical signature that almost resembles a form of aesthetic style. Continuous optical reactions operate at a rate of just under 30 frames per second, and sometimes separate simultaneous reactions interleave the frames like alternate pages in a book.

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