L'île des ondes millénaires
De Akiko Okumura installation 2016
This is a microcosm, a circular environment made up of the interactions of wave-like physical phenomena. These produce points of rupture and fusion between natural creation and human creation. In this installation, a miniature and synthetic ecosystem, the border between the two is uncertain, it functions through the movement whereby one endlessly alters the other. This composition orchestrates wave phenomena and shows us the prospect of the reciprocity of materials, at least as reduced to the range of human perception.
In the pool whose water is illuminated, a mechanical system generates waves that keep slapping into fragments of transparent Plexiglas. The light is invisible in the water because it passes through a transparent material. When an opaque substance enters this illuminated water, it reflects the light and becomes luminous. Governed by the optical phenomenon of transmittance, the inert Plexiglas takes on life and becomes a landscape of constantly changing appearances. The inertia of the waves is analysed and thus engenders the cyclical repetition of the process.
By controlling this chimerical environment, I am interrogating my identity as a human being who has created what we call an “artifice” while remaining a creature of nature.
Oeuvres d' Akiko Okumura produites par Le Fresnoy :
- - Flying phosphorus and shooting stars (film, 2015)
- - L'île des ondes millénaires (installation, 2016)