photos: a shot above photography (top centre) corey rankin (left, bottom centre, right)
organic chemistry uses sound and luminescent sculpture to create an enchanting
and immersive habitat within the Blue Mountains rainforest. The project aims to create
a sense of wonder and generate awareness for the native environment by highlighting the
bioluminescence that occurs amongst the fireflies, glow-worms and fungi that live there.
The work consists of a large outdoor installation, set up along the Blue Mountains Scenic
World boardwalk. The aerial and grounded components of the installation include an
assemblage of multiple transparent test tubes, transfer pipettes and other materials
reminiscent of chemistry compounds. organic chemistry creates an animated ecosystem
that slowly glows, oscillates and emits sound. The sculpture is sensitive to natural
elements and moves with the breeze, rain and wind. It glows under the effect of
luminescent particles, which become chemically charged when exposed to both natural
and artificial light sources that have been set up within the installation.
The afterglow becomes visible only when the background light returns to a semi-dark
condition. A looping, experimental sonic track plays within the installation,
furthering the immersive experience of the work. It includes a collage of field
recording and experimental sounds that amplify the silent processes of organic
chemistry taking place in the forest area.