Making recordings of the Aurora Borealis with self built VLF Antennas in the sub-Arctic, Kilpisjarvi, Finland, credit Nicky Assmann & Joris Strijbos

Liquid Solid

Video installation by Nicky Assmann & Joris Strijbos

Liquid Solid is a collaborative artwork between Nicky Assmann and Joris Strijbos in which they explore the cinematic qualities of a freezing soap film in the sub-Arctic, resulting in a mesmerizing & colourful video installation.

Liquid Solid came forth after attending a residency at the Biological Research Center in the sub-Arctic. The residency has an emphasis on the Arctic environment and deals with the melting ice and changing surroundings. During this residency they shot footage of the freezing process of soap films and made recordings with self build VLF antennas to pick up the electromagnetic signals from the Aurora Borealis.

Liquid Solid is an 18-minute-long film about the freezing process of soap liquid. Within a number of minutes, the colourful soap slowly sinks down in the film of soap, until a vacuum of a very thin layer of water remains, in which frozen crystals whirl round. The constantly shifting iridescent quality of the liquid soap membrane disappears as it freezes, leaving a solid, crystallized colourless surface. Only at a very low temperature at minus 25°C, an accelerated freezing process occurs, during which ice crystals transform into fractal-like patterns.
Video installation, 2015, Full HD, 1920x1080, 18'09" (loop)
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For both the video installation and the film Strijbos and Assmann composed a soundtrack with a mixture of soundscapes, ranging from singing whales, recordings with self-made instruments, such as VLF antennas and monochords played with electromagnets.

Liquid Solid is the final chapter in the triptych Assmann made on soap film, from which the monumental soap film installation Solace was the first part and soap film apparatus Solaris the second chapter.

Liquid Solid was made possible with the generous support of:
Creative Industries Fund NL, Gemeente Rotterdam, The Finnish Society of Bioart

categorie: €5000 - €10.000

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