Light Wave

Heinrich & Palmer

United Kingdom
Moving Image Award
Light Wave still (1) from video - Heinrich & Palmer

Light Wave

Digital Video, 14.45 mins

Light Wave is an attempt to capture the elusive nature of light and matter and has been conceived as two circular projections, one the exact mirror of the other. Filmed using a high-speed camera at 2000 frames per second, this footage captures 11 seconds of pouring water, which is played back over approximately 15 minutes. Slowing this process down by 80 times reveals movements and details that we would not normally be able to see and experience. 

The water is poured into a spherical bowl until it reaches the level of the horizon line of the sea behind. The sphere enhances the sense of a cyclical process occurring as the sea appears to become inseparable from the water in the bowl. Just as each droplet captures an image of the world, and each part of the sea is dynamic, light from the world around becomes inverted and internally reflected by the rising water. 

Light Wave was originally back projected onto two circular pieces of frosted vinyl film applied to the window of the gallery.  It has since been adapted to be back projected on two 1 m diameter translucent Perspex circles which can be suspended from the ceiling. 

Commissioned by Solent Showcase for Lighten UP exhibition.

Adapted and shown in the exhibition Seaswim: Head Above Water at the following venues:

Crescent Arts, Scarborough:  17 February to 31 March 2017

Strange Cargo, Folkestone:  22 October to 26 November 2016

Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth:  23 July to 3 September 2016

Light Wave still (2) from video - Heinrich & Palmer
Light Wave installed at Crescent Arts, Seaswim: Head Above Water  - photograph by Hazel Colquhoun
Light Wave installed at Solent Showcase Gallery, Southampton (1) - Heinrich & Palmer
Light Wave installed at Solent Showcase Gallery, Southampton (2) - Heinrich & Palmer

Filmed using Olympus i-SPEED 3 - Colour High Speed Camera

Edited on PC using Sony Vegas Studio and Handbrake

AV Installation:  PC and 2 data projectors 

Light Wave - Anna Heinrich & Leon Palmer