Emil Polyak: “Chirp”

  • ©2016, Emil Polyak,
  • ©2016, Emil Polyak,





DAC Online Exhibition 2016: Science of the Unseen: Digital Art Perspectives

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2D & Wall-Hung

Artist Statement:

“ “ Chirp” “ is the result of a particle simulation frozen in time, created by mapping of the “chirp” sound of the gravitational waves to various physical forces that escalate into a vortex. It presents the unfiltered data to tell a story through the use of the familiar appearance of a ballpoint pen scribble. The spatially distributed regular pattern turns into a noise while it transforms memories throughout hidden structural symmetries. The previously interconnected pieces separate in order to align in a direction and finally form a cohesive purpose. Art has proven to be an extremely effective translator when it comes to communicating difficult concepts in an abstract way to trigger emotions. We often see a mark on the paper that could potentially become something else, such as a line, a drawing or a letter that has meaning. By constraining the marks to forces the unforgiving quality of the ballpoint pen leaves permanent memories on the paper and acts as a metaphor for stories from the past, describing not only the “what” but also the “how”. The concentric force is without an origin, symbolizing a black hole that we have limited knowledge of so far. “ “ Chirp” “ was processed in two different versions, the “positive” and the “negative”, focusing on the sudden disconnection of scale and time by losing the familiar connection with the medium.

Technical Information:

Media Used: The chirp sound of the gravitational wave, recorded by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) was used to map a particle simulation driving sampled brushes of ballpoint pens. Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop.