Camera Lucida: Sonochemical Observatory

Camera Lucida: Sonochemical Observatory, 2003

Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand

Sinopale 4, “Wisdom of Shadow: Art in the Era of Corrupted Information”
Curator: Işın Önol

Within a transparent chamber filled with water, sound waves are transformed into light emissions by employing a phenomenon known as sonoluminescence. After adapting to the absolute darkness surrounding the installation, one begins to perceive the fleeting configurations of glowing sound fields. The source of light arises inside of sonically imploded air bubbles, whose innards reach temperatures as high as are found on the Sun. Numerous theories of sonoluminescence have been proposed, ranging from quantum tunneling to plasma core ionization and even bubble fusion.