The Electromagnetic Fountain


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I originally started this blog to investigate the potential use of electromagnetic fields and disturbances as artistic material. It then became a site for exploring the viability of creating a fountain controlled by electromagnetic activity in its near vicinity. Once the viability was confirmed it has become a blog about the process of building the Electromagnetic Fountain.

In the beginning …

….. I started to collect information related to the subject, and as preparation for attending the Maxwell City workshop at Atelier Nord in Oslo, May 29th – June 2nd 2007, directed by Erich Berger and Martin Howse, with guest speaker Armin Medosch.

During the workshop we used various “sniffers” to explore the invisible architecture of the city of Oslo and its surrounding area.

Many of the first posts on this blog are related to my research around this topic – finding out what has been done before, and attempting to put existing artworks in categories that seem fit to me, such as:

  • Detection
  • Haunting
  • Levitation
  • Nature/nurture
  • Protection
  • Shapeshift/morph
  • Situationist (walkabout/detourne)

Another area of interest was to look at the aesthetics of antennas found in different environments. I figured that if I wanted to build an electromagnetic fountain for an urban environment that could tell something about itself just by appearing somewhere, then was a clue to be found here.


Written by ajsteggell

May 4, 2007 at 6:46 pm

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