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FARADIC REVOLUTION

W. Beaty 2007  

  • Proposal, PDSTWE 911 Media Arts center

See photos below

ARTIST NAME:
  William J. Beaty 

TYPE:
  Kinetic sculpture; hand-cranked hyperbola/circle shutter-slot device

DIMENSIONS:
  Wall-mounted, somewhat flat, attaches to a wall at the top, 
  approx 5ft vertical, 5 ft wide, 8in thick, power supplies inside.

MATERIALS:
   Motorized disk w/slip-ring assembly, wood enclosure, Acrylic sheets, 
   tesla coils, green gas-discharge tubes, DC power supply

INTERACTION:
  The disks spin fast, but the glowing lines move only slowly.
  One black 4-ft disk rotates continuously via a motor hub.  This disk has 
  numerous long narrow CCFL tubes mounted on its surface and forming 
  radial glowing lines.  For safety the motorized disk is behind an 
  acrylic window.  A second 4-ft disk is mounted in front of the first one 
  upon horizontal rails.  The second disk is opaque black with transparent 
  radial lines, and can be spun by the gallery visitor as well as slid 
  from side to side.   (See diagram below.)  Depending on which way they 
  spin, the two disks create a dynamically moving pattern of curved "field 
  lines" around two attracting or repelling poles.  If both disks spin at 
  the same rate, this pattern's motion halts.

GALLERY REQUIREMENTS:   
  As with a painting, it's wall mounted at approximately waist height.  It 
  requires a 120Vac outlet of only a couple of amps. The fluorescent tubes 
  peek out through the moving slots, so the dynamic glow effects will be 
  not be visible in a brightly lit gallery.  They won't need an entirely 
  dark room, but also it cannot be placed next to white walls with intense 
  floodlights.


STATEMENT:

  This work touches on the interaction of discovery and ridicule, the
  mutual annihilation of creativity with scoffing, and it symbolizes a 
  major branch point in our space-time world-line.  For his proposing that 
  invisible electric and magnetic fields exist, Michael Faraday drew scorn 
  and derision at the hands of the scientific community of the time.  And 
  then he died.  Yet his idea escaped suppression by hostile disbelief.  
  Very fortunately James Clerk Maxwell wrote an extensive report which 
  convinced the rest of the world to take Faraday's bizarre idea seriously.
  This soon led to electrical engineering, radio, and Einstein's 
  relativity.  Yet by such a narrow margin Faraday's idea could have been 
  easily lost; that road not taken.  Consider how many other ideas as 
  important as Faraday's *were* lost; were never supported, and were 
  swallowed and cancelled out  by active forces of anti-creativity, 
  leaving no trace.


CONTACT:
  William Beaty
  PO Box 351700
  Seattle, WA 98195-1700

  
  http://amasci.com/art/dork07/faraday.html




DIAGRAM: gallery wall mount



CRUDE PROTOTYPE: 1-ft motorized disks with backlight



DISKS ROTATING TOGETHER. If the centers of the disks are
moved together and overlap, the glowing lines collapse to a point
and vanish. Note that in the finished piece, opaque sheets will
surround each disk, leaving only a black background with bright glowing lines.



DISKS ROTATING OPPOSITE. The disks move fast, but the glowing lines
move slow, and whenever the disks spin at the same speed, the glowing
lines stop moving entirely. If the centers of the disks overlap, then
the number of glowing lines is doubled, and a single radial pattern
is created.







http://amasci.com/art/dork07/faraday.html
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