6 Litres

3 channel video installation
2500 x 1700 x 1000 mm
Exhibited at K-Fest Arts Festival Kerry, Ireland August 2019

"6 Litres" was created through collaboration with scientists at Nokia Bell Labs, where I employed their Schlieren imaging machinery. Schlieren imaging is commonly employed in fluid dynamics to reveal hidden air currents on a television monitor that would typically be invisible to the naked eye. In this work, I utilize this technology to showcase the breath and heat produced and shared between two people.

To first realize this piece I worked with two Phd students at Trinity College Dublin to examine thier Schlieren setup. They were using it to analyse airflow through a pressurised tube. Their system used two spherical mirrors. The focal length of their system was around 60cm

After working with them I went to Nokia Bell Labs to use their mirror setup. The focal length of the system at Nokia Bell Labs was 4m.

Making a schlieren imaging system
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