Hydrorefractor 2019

The Hydrorefractor is a model of the process of generating energy from the flow of water in a river. The kinetic artwork creates the upward action of a piston arm; representing the shape and movement of a water molecule which consists of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom in an undulated tetrahedral shape.

 

The flow of water is propelled by a computer cooling system's electrical pump, which turns the wheel, and sends arrays of molecules spinning and whirling - refracting the light passing through the tank. 

 

In the REAL site of generation, the record of a hydro generator can be seen and heard, either at the site of the dam, the reservoir and water levels below, or the change in geomorphological record. Yet exposing the mechanism inside reveals that the material record can also be experienced at an atomic level inside of the place of energy production; between the interaction with light and water.

This work was presented at the Art and Technology Studies @SAIC 50th Anniversary exhibition in 2019. 

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