Spark (2020) 

Neon bulb, transformer, cobber, arduino,

plexiglass, MDF, steel

In 1886, the German physicist Heinrich Hertz wanted to prove that James Clerk Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism was correct. Hertz performed experiments in which he wirelessly transferred the energy from a high-voltage spark to another electrode system, in which a spark was formed and thus became the first to produce radio waves. The work, which has been developed in collaboration with engineer Nils Kristian Rossing (NTNU), is a simplification of this experiment. In the dark, a small spark is continuously appearing and making an uncoupled neon lamp glow. The installation attempts to embody one of the fundamental mechanisms of communication and reflects on how the little spark, like a little Big Bang, gave birth to a new and increasingly connected world. A network of communicating objects.


Photo: Susann Jamtøy / BABEL visningsrom for kunst