The flickering of this flame is eternal.
This project explores random chance–the unknown and unpredictable element that causes an event to result in a certain way rather than another, spoken of as a real force.
The pyramid is conceived in a way to serve as a “pure random” generator. It is like a minimalistic multidimensional totem–once activated it has a life of its own–generating different layers of sensorial events ranging from air vibrations(sound) to virtual ripples(white circles).
The relation between random chance and radioactive materials is symbiotic. Utilising uranium glass is a deliberate choice for this project, as the visitors are confronted with an unknown force–which has no smell, no sound, and no visible direct effect on them thus it provokes incertitude and angst. Those are the same effects random chance provokes. Eternal Flame makes visible forces that are otherwise invisible.
pyramid: 1m x 20cm x 5cm
diameter of circles: variable
Uranium glass, UV Leds, Wood, aluminium, plastic, plexiglass, geiger tube, electric wires, custom electronic circuits, switches, custom software, modified flashlight, sound system, video projector.
atomic mushroom by Alexis Rigidor.