'Occult Chemistry' (X,Y,Z) - Version 2

These seven, simple mechanical sculptures were originally assembled together as a miniture installation to be viewed by the video eye of a small robot for the group exhibition 'Pandora's Box', (2000), at InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre in Toronto, Canada. The robot was remotely controlled, six thousand miles away, by gallery visitors in Stockholm, Sweden, using a high-speed broadband Internet link, while visitors to InterAccess controlled a robot through simular installations in Stockholm.

These works, reconfigured for the wall, offer bits of visual information then take them away, or move so quickly that we can only perceive a small portion of their content and form.

The three main elements; the opening/closing books, the churning pots of 'goo' and the whirling metal molecules (which are based upon the drawings of two 19th Century English Spiritualists/Alchemists who wished to intuit the forms of sub-atomic matter) also combine to simulate the X, Y and Z of the Cartesian Plane that combine to create the three dimensions of all matter.

Occult Chemistry(Z)
Occult Chemistry (X)
Materials: Hardcover books, power supplies, metal, motors, wood, stainless steel bowls, and coloured 'goo'.

Dimensions: 7 sculptures total; Up to 500sq. feet when installed as a group.

-OccultChemistry (Z): Three steel sculptures, each approx. 5x8x5 inches.

-OccultChemistry (X): Two mechanical sculptures, 49x36x12 inches and 24x36x12.

- OccultChemistry (Y): Two mechanical sculptures, each 55x36x12 inches.

Installation view: 'Unseen-Routine', Deadtech Gallery, Chicago, May, 2000.

Photos: Stephanie Sinclair
Occult Chemistry(Y)