Sonoluminescent Art

Next Sunday, I will be presenting a paper entitled Sonoluminescent Art. Transmutation of Sound into Light and Immersive Spectatorship at the X MAGIS – International Film Studies Spring School in Gorizia. The paper is part of my research project on immersive spectatorship and focuses on a series of contemporary sound and video artworks that explore and reflect upon the phenomenon of sonoluminescence. Sonoluminescence (literally ‘light from sound’) is a phenomenon caused when ultrasound waves excite a liquid, creating tiny bubbles which emit light when they collapse. It was first discovered by scientists who were attempting to accelerate the process of developing photos, in the early 1930s.

Camera Lucida (Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand, 2007)