Spacefillers

Spacefillers is a self-titled audiovisual sculpture. Initially installed at Specialist Gallery in Seattle, WA, it was most recently shown at Blanc Space in Portland, OR. The piece consists of nine crystal clusters made from laser cut Acrylic, Mylar and electronics.

The music for the installation has no beginning or end — it's generated on the fly algorithmically. Each crystal cluster follows its own musical improvisation algorithm, producing an ever-shifting song stretching into infinity. Sometimes they find a beautiful musical moment; sometimes, chaos.

A false epiphany

A failed theory of physics inspired the geometry for Spacefillers.

In the late 19th century, physicists postulated that empty space wasn't actually empty — instead, space was believed to be filled with an infinite luminiferous aether that served as a medium for the propagation of light. In 1887, mathematician Lord Kelvin proposed that the aether was constructed from so-called spacefilling shapes.

In 1905, Albert Einstein published his paper on special relativity, which made the luminiferous aether theory irrelevant. However, the dream of an all-pervasive geometric pattern that fills our universe and anchors physical phenomena is still tantalizing. Spacefillers imagines that the forgotten spacefilling aether turned out to be a tangible thing, inhabited by singing electromagnetic creatures. These crystal creatures are based on a variation of Lord Kelvin's original geometry called the Weaire–Phelan structure.

Credits

Concept, design and programming — Alexander Nagy and Alexander Miller

Sound design — Alexander Miller and David Hrivnak

Fabrication consultant – Kate Bailey

Fabrication volunteers — Steve Geluso, Aaron Griffin, Zach Dimmick, Lance Umble, Whitaker Brand, Melissa Winstanley, Niky Champion, Julia Kernerman, Robyn Miller, Kevin Blanquies, and Tristan Huber

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