June 16, 2006

Night Time



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June 15, 2006

Media/Interaction Area - Light Drawing


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June 13, 2006

Display Area - Light Drawing


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June 12, 2006

Final Manifesto : Object vs Light

Humans perceive a fraction of the light spectrum created by the sun; and what we fail to see is dazzling. As light enters through glass, it transforms into a different quality. Whether it be a fine, sharp ray or a dispersed spectrum the result is different from the original. Surfaces and materials change the orientation of the light’s path and this is where my project comes in.

Through research and experiments I can determine the light’s path according to the material it passes through and with that I can alter the material itself to change the direction of the light. Reflection and refraction are the main tools in which these elements change and once mastered, can alter the spectrum itself. I design using my knowledge of the Light and Object to create a surface that enhances these qualities.

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June 11, 2006

Model Update

Kinda looks like my rhino 'cheap ass' render. I like. I wish the fishing wire wouldnt show though. I moved the light around to create different shadows.


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Light Effect


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Light Drawings

Here are three light drawings showing the different angles of refraction and the gradient of light according to the time of day and where the sun is located.


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June 08, 2006

New Perspective

Looks better...


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June 07, 2006

Section : Display Area/Solarium

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay! finally display area DONE! *does a little dance* section, plan, perspective and elevation!


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Plan 1

I'm working into halves. North and south. This is the north side. Almost.


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June 06, 2006

Render: View 1


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Concept (much clearer version)


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June 05, 2006


Illustrator is a b*tch!! I exported this file jpeg, and then tried to save it illustrator and it CRASHES. juts dissappears. I'm gonna cry!


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June 04, 2006

View 1

Perspective view of the entrance. I hate illustrator.


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May 28, 2006

Line Intensity

A part of the gallery, just to show the way its slopes.


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Under Construction

Three basic rhino rendering of 1/4 of my gallery. Found a new method in linking the prism clusters. The old method was concrete prisms that change to clear, whilst the new method is having slabs that stretch from one prism to its corresponding prism as so.


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May 24, 2006

Change in plans

My design was too random i cant work like this. I need to find a logical way of doing this so i went backwards. I looked at the plan of my site and carved a space just for my gallery without having to break anything and now ive established a border for it. Voila.



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May 23, 2006

Updated Floor Plan

Contour lines indicate concrete slabs and slopes. I didnt want a flat landscape because I wanted to slightly reduce the intensity and boldness of the prisms by adding another 'shape factor'. Curves vs Polygons.


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May 21, 2006

Roof/ Floor plan

This is where each cluster of prisms are on the roof and on the floor. Now what's left is to create an outline which is getting there in this floor plan. Sections coming up...



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May 15, 2006

Plan setup

This plan belongs to the far left section. I'm basically going to design them individually and then situate them on the plan.


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Light Rays

Click to enlarge to see it in more detail.


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Shapes to Form


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May 14, 2006

New formation


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March 22, 2006

Section Perspective


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March 21, 2006

From Afar


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March 20, 2006

Exterior 1

On a nice sunny day... Vistors can chill on the terrace, and admire the veiw. Maybe even sunbath, but Caution: Floor will be slippery.


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Interior 1

Peaceful and quiet. The gallery during the day is a subtle experience.


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March 17, 2006

Site Plan


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Where da party at?


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March 14, 2006

Collection of Shades

I want my prisms to have the ability to block light in some cases. Maybe to create a pool of darkness or to emphasise on the beams aiming at the exhibition. So I thought maybe making some out of concrete or making mixtures to create a diverse chart of shades. Like this:

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March 13, 2006

In Relation to Person


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Simple Drawing

When putting them together in this way I realised that the wall starts to form a shape on it's own. I thought it would be uniform and flat but to my surprise this can actually work this way!


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Gradient Effect


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Light Ray

Here's a study of the light rays. Instead of having al the prisms sharp and pointing in a direction I decided to file some of them so that it would reflect light back out, or bounce the artificial light back in. Plus it gives a nice contrast between sharp and smooth.


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March 10, 2006

Day and Night



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March 07, 2006

Light and Site

This is the concept. Not the actual final design. This is what it kind of looks like on site. Now I'm going to start tuning it up.. Figure out where the access to this place it.. the prisms are really large so figure a size for the prisms, create some models of those prisms and see how they fit into each other, maybe design a few more pieces. And ofcourse get the proper plans for this site!




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More Defined

This is the sort of shape I'm looking to create with my prisms, that follows back to my videos being ''violent''. I'm thinking whether i need to make more shapes or that these are suffice.


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March 06, 2006

The Collection

Some of my old designs from my catalogue of prisms distorted and transformed to fit together (as much as possible) BUT.. looks a bit tacky... NEXT!


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March 05, 2006

Gallery Manifesto

As I'm still interested in using my prisms and creating the effects below with coloured lasers/lights that are chorepgraphed, I decided to make my space entirely out of prisms. Prisms of different shapes and forms, spikey and blunt, a crazy, dangerous jungle of sharp, bold crystals.
My gallery would be placed on top of the Apple store on Regent street. The reason why I picked this site was because I believe my gallery would collabirate really well with apple's products. The light would be choreographed according to whatever the iPod is playing, and it would exhibit Mac's new products i.e G4 notebooks, speakers and widescreens. This would be the art.
As it's on the roof my gallery would act as a wild beacon, spreading light across the rooftops of Regent street, blinding those who have offices high up the building, and attracting lost tourists to the store. An aurora of light would flash over london whenever a song is played. In the daylight, my gallery could be attracting the sun rays and refracting them into the street, ''zapping'' the passerby's with it's harsh rays, or create a warm glow on semi-clouded days.

Plans, and drawings coming soon!


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Prism Building

(It's Art) Yokaha July 31, 2003


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March 03, 2006

5 minute Light Show...

Sponsered by Apple


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February 27, 2006

The Room

I keep pressing new entry instead of upload file and have to write everything up again! Grr... anyway this tiny little room.. with the japanese looking rays.. took me 2 hours to do!!! I'm not bragging but there has to be an easier way! GOD!!!! anyway.. different light renderings by cheating and making holes in the wall to create that effect.


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Broken Light

These are 2 of my photoshop drawings of how i would interpret broken/shattered light. The second one looks like broken glass but that was unintentional.. I don't know does it look too much like broken glass?? the first is sort of inspired by my work at the beginning of term 1 where i traced the light from my chandelier prisms. I think I'd like to go back to that.

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February 26, 2006


One Word:

Broken Light

One Sentence

Perception is merely reality filtered through the prism of your soul. Scattered, Broken.


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February 19, 2006

Hibernation.. Clip 3

Sorry it's late i've been sick.
The ending to my comic video series.


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February 15, 2006

WooHoo! Clip 2


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Clip 1 is Done

Et Voila, c'est fini. My first clip of my comic movie.

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Titles - Subtitles

Birth - It's Alive

Predator - It Attacks

Hibernates - It Sleeps

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February 14, 2006

More Storyboard thingies...

I don't know I was strugllign with making a proper storyboard, I don't like making them. I loathe making them. I just like collaging. Anyway this is a more descriptive version. Basically single prisms live under the city and every friday morning of the first week, of each month, they gather into this huge prism that emerges from the ground, zaps random immigrants who aren't suppose to be there, and when its done hibernates back underground until it's next attack.


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Just for fun

I really enjoyed collaging so I made a mini storyboard for my postcard that might not be relevant but I had fun making them.


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We all took series photos to see how it would play on a slide show. It was interesting because it was really different when u view ur movie from a projector rather than ur laptop. You could see the flaws and lighting that changed in each shot and makes you really think before taking the photos.
here are mine:

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February 13, 2006

Prism Wars

I forgot to publish it! This is my 2nd postcard using the idea of lasers and the prism being the bad guy.. or good depending on who this guy is coz im not much of a star wars person. Again its a collage but following my Clockwork Orange postcard by turning it into a sort of movie poster.


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Prisms are Violent

Found this book online. Will look into it and see what it's all about.


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February 12, 2006

My Postcard

The city is under attack! And the power puff girls don't know what to do! Laser beams ZAP the poor citizens of Townsville. What are those objects!? Violent Laser Prisms!

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February 11, 2006

One of my Postcards

Sorry for the late posts! I was having technical difficulties with my internet. This is one of the post cards from my collection that I liked.


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Postcards (some)

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February 05, 2006

My Project All in All:
My project is the exploration of light rays through materials. The two R's: Refraction and Reflection, and the Colour of Light which is the spectrum of colour produced when the light hits total internal refraction. These things happen everyday through water, glass and in the sky. My main objective was to recreate these scenarios through an object, or should I say a LIGHT. It's main purpose would be to redirect light according to where the user would like to light up. By learning the physics of Light vs Object you could artificially create rainbows and scatter light into different rays.creating a mood or secondary light source. This can be achieved by using prisms and in this blog page you will see my process of exploration, discoveries, and failures.

My Thoughts on the Blog:
Usually students have private tutorials which prevent us from seeing each others work and learning from each others mistakes and getting inspired by some of our accelerations. The blog system truly motivates you as it becomes a race on who can post the most, or ''oh no I need to catch up'', and you don't notice these things until pin ups and juries, so I believe that this system is really beneficial in our learning process. I also send my link to friends and they can understand my project through this blog and it's always great to have an outsiders point of view. Sometimes we also need to look back and see where we went wrong when we do and this is so helpful because all you need to do is scroll down!

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February 03, 2006

Jury Comments

It was a pit that my model ended up being made out of paper because it lose the main factor of my project, the main objective which made it what it was and that's Refraction. I guess I was intimated by the material and I struggled with the resin and glass that I abandoned my initiative and got seduced by the paper models. I guess I have the capability of digitally producing what I want but when it comes to physically modelling it, I'll be facing many difficulties and expense. But Oliver in the jury helpfully pointed out that models shouldnt be so large, or rather they don't have to be to prove a point. My crystals could be the size of rings and I'd have a tiny model that would be a prototype for the actual thing. I looked around for topics that might inspire me and came across these photos that reminded me on what my project could have become. Also mentioned in my jury was to maybe experiment with laser and I liked the sound of that, but I'm not sure of laser is light? Anyway check this link and you'll see what I mean there's still hope yet!


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February 01, 2006


This is a collage drawing of how it would be on site. There would be a pulley system holding it up so that you can either have it high up or down low depending on the lighting glow you want to create. Each string in the corner is flexible which means that you can lift different ends to create different shapes if you want.


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January 31, 2006

Light Drawing

In comparison to my other light drawing you can see that this one is more focused and redirects the light better. However this drawing is a bit over exaggerated because what I've made is out of paper and it wouldnt redirect the light to that extent!


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January 29, 2006


Using the model I made which is ONE way of using these prisms, I wanted to see how it can bend and change in form to create different lighting effects. It's flexible enough to curl into a roll.


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January 26, 2006


I wanted the model to be flexible when connected and it was BUT the way I made it only made it flexible in one direction rather than two which meant I could only fold 2 sides of the model together rather than all four. But I'm planning on remaking this in another way so that the user can either curl it into a ball or flatten it out. In due time!


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January 25, 2006

With Light

The glow and shadows are nice but something is missing...


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I made many!

I'm going big scale now. This is my cat venus :) I'm liking the effect that's being created, although it's paper its still sort of producing what I want. There's no more refraction involved but the other factors I wanted are preforming.


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January 21, 2006

Another Version

This one has more sides to it...


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My Paper Models

Here are a few models I made using the template I designed. The last photo is a twisted pyramid that I really wanted to do! As you can see the light is absorbed into the empty spaces and reflected off the faces.


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January 19, 2006


So I wanted to test out these new prims. I wanted to make them out of paper and play around with it but in order to do that i had to desin a template that when folded would make the shape I want. So I looked into origami templates and it helped me desgin it.


The dotted lines are folded backwards, and the normal ones forward.

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January 14, 2006

In Relation to Light...

Just a random configuration of all three to see how the light from different directions would hit the surfaces.





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Different Functions

Here are the different functions of the different prisms in different combinations...


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New and Improved

After looking at the origami models and templates i decided to try something new. Create a new facade to my prism. Something that would make it easier for me to work with, and make my goals easier to produce. I decided to remove a surface on either side of the faces so that light can be absorbed easily. Light would reflect on the sides that have faces, and would get trapped in the ones that dont which in my opinion would make the prisms look more interesting asthetically and productively!


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January 12, 2006

I looked at geometric origami's and how they're made to help me physically model my project. I found some interesting shapes that resembled prisms. Compounds, modules, I found them interesting. Take a look:


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January 11, 2006

The Light

Q1: What is it? What does it do?

Its a module/compound of glass prisms that reflect aimed light across the room, creating shadows, glare, reflections and light.

Q2: What is the role of the light?

Its there to redirect light and to get rid of unwanted light.

Q3: What is it made of?


Q4:How big is it?

1 unit = 1 Triangle
1 triangle = 10cm equilatural
100 units.

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January 05, 2006

Something for me.

I found this light and luckily wrote the model number and designer info that was hidden under it before I left because I might have never seen it again. Basically it's a wall light for indirect light, with a greated diffuser that sprayed the light rays into multiple beams that isnt very clear in the photos. Lacquered metal, alluminium and pollished transperant crystal. Its basically a prism but with the help of exterior tools easily achieved what I've been stubbornly trying to get with mine. Thanks to Artemide!



PS: check this website out they have some cool LIGHTS

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Purple Light


Remote controlled colured light
projection. 10 pre-set lighting
scenes or moods and the option
to create your own colour mix.

A stunning light.

Table or floor lamp with methacrylate structure
and transparent polycarbonate case.

The spheric shape and six
small feet allow the lamp to be
placed at different inclinations.
The cover is fixed with a
simple joint for easy lamp

I like it.


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November 29, 2005

An Overall Look

This is a more precise drawing that represents the prism on site. The light rays refract through one prism and bounces off the others till it finally reaches the wall. The only illumination is that created by the directed light and this is the look I want to create.

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Prism #3


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Prism #2

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Refraction/Reflection Diagram

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November 23, 2005


Now that I've designed my crystals I put them together to create different shapes. There was no reason behind why I built it in this way, i just wanted to see how they'd fit togther and if it looked good. I'm quite happy with them but now I'm going to set myself some boundaries and see if it would still work.


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Any comments please!

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Now that I have an idea on how my light is going to look like, I decided i need to design my crystal. As i understand how light travels through pyramids I decided to use it as my intial ''crystal''. I have edited Rhino scripts in order to define different crstal shapes using a specific system. I was inspired by the flash video in the link below:


basically the guy shows 3 lines that continuously divide in two. My reason in doing this was because i wanted to give a strong process to my project and not just have crystals with no connections.

These are what I've done so far...

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I took each side of the pyramid and split the side in two. The top and bottom images are the same process but different script so its a different effect.

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November 17, 2005


Inspired by glucose tubes and caramalised sugar my crystals will form a cloud of light above the space. Here's a sketch showing what I mean.


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November 14, 2005

My Own Prisms

I did my own prisms out of resin and tested light through them. They aren't as successful as chandelier crystals but you still see how the light is seperated into shards.


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November 10, 2005

Crystal Manifesto

I've looked into different crystal formations and designed some of my own, as well as that I've looked at how light refracts through a crystal and the shards of light it produces. After studying the refraction and reflection of light I can now design multiple prisms for multiple objectives. Whether its to highlight paintings or light up a club, with the specifications required I can design a crystal for any purpose. . . *fingers crossed*
Basically my next move is to build one under specific rules, eg:
- 10 paintings across a room
- square room
- high ceiling
What I need to do:
- calculate how the crystal should be cut/designed
- calculate position of light
- calculate angles of light to be refracted at the painting.
- calculate how many sides
What the crystal specifications are:
- Large in size ( about 75 cm in height and width) (can vary according to room and purpose)
- thick but hollow
- According to the room it would either sit at a corner, in mid space or on the floor.
- one spotlight !

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November 08, 2005

Hiro Yamagata

Humans perceive a fraction of the light spectrum created by the sun; and what we fail to see is dazzling. This installation seeks to make the invisible, not only visible, but extraordinary. Two cubes, constructed of holographic panels embossed with a special prism coating, reflect and refract visible light frequencies, creating a prism like view of the light spectrum. The result is a spectacular array of glowing light, dancing between the cubes. The intricate display of color and light is ever evolving, treating the viewer to a myriad of changing visuals depending on the angle or time of day.

The real magic begins when the sun disappears and darkness falls. It is then that the laser system pours light onto the panels. Like the sun, the laser beams create light from the individual electron's reactions to different particles. These particles, not normally perceived by the human eye, reflect off the holographic surfaces, making the "invisible" light appear; and the view is extraordinary. The reflection of the laser beams bouncing off the four cubes creates the illusion of a color and light infused structure perched in the their center. This brilliantly hued creation of light materializes seemingly out of thin air and offers the viewer a truly unique visual experience.




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October 25, 2005

Prism Manifesto

As I'm interested in the refraction of light my goal is to design the optimum prism, that would emit shapes of light that frame the paintings. I'm hoping this doesn't involve too much math but basically I'm experimenting with different shaped prisms to understand how the light can then be directed according to what is exhibited.

Inspiration: Diamonds.



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October 20, 2005


What’s a rainbow? It comes upon us by surprise and leaves us as quick as it arrived. Short-lived but for some reason brings smiles to our faces. The colours emitted, probably more awesome than what our eyes truly perceive, paint the muddy puddles and dirty glass. It rains, the sun peeps out and a mist of colour emerges as the sun beams refract its light on the final droplets of rain.
How would you feel waking up to a rainbow? Or having colours streaming over your face rather than a white light? Would it agitate you? Would you see life differently?
"... I was reminded of a remark of Willa Cather's, that you can't paint sunlight, you can only paint what it does with shadows on a wall. If you examine a life, as Socrates has been so tediously advising us to do for so many centuries, do you really examine a life, or do you examine the shadows it casts on other lives? Entity or relationships? Objective reality or the vanishing point of a multiple perspective exercise? Prism or the rainbows it refracts? And what if you're the wall? What if you never cast a shadow or rainbow of your own, but have only caught those cast by others?"
-Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird, 1976

Light vs. Object, prisms and water play a huge role in how light is transformed/refracted and this is my interest at the moment. The movement of the angle as it closes near to the refractive point where white light disperses into a spectrum of colour that brings the question, what colour is light?

[Rainbows are happy endings to rainy days]


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