Point of Creation Benjamin Storch
A mixed media exhibition of sculpture and prints set in an alternate cosmos by utilising Virtual Reality interface.
Ben Storch is an internationally respected sculptor from Germany, working with metal and stone, who became a resident artist at Gasworks ten years ago. After working on major public commissions for many years this exhibition is about taking original concepts and presenting them with cutting edge technology.
Point of Creation visits the strange world of mathematics by rending dynamical systems that relate to active phenomena in water and air to make tangible the abstract forces of attraction and repulsion.
To experience this Virtual Reality, please email the artist via firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking during the following times:
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 10 - 12.00 noon
- Thursday and Saturday: 2pm to 4pm
Please note that children under 12 are advised not to use the Virtual Reality interface.
“Seeking balance in a complex world -
listening to the subtle forces in and around us -
our breath and heartbeat speaking of emotions -
we don’t have to look far to find rhythmic cycles in our lives.
The related physics of dynamical systems make it relatively easy to play with the equations originally discovered by meteorologist Edward Lorenz, to better understand atmospheric convection.
While the resulting patterns do not represent the flow of air currents, they speak a language of attractive forces, of balance, stability and probability. Between geometry and movement, particle and wave, patterns emerge out of random chaos in surprising and mysterious ways.
Such systems can be related to almost any living system - where a change of conditions can bring about rest or excitement, conversion, or divergence. In between the points of attraction or repulsion exists a subtle web of membranes called the separatrix, where the system is in a state of flux and possibility.
Ever since I started playing with the mathematics of dynamical systems 20 years ago, I have been wanting to explore the potential of rendering these dynamics in an immersive, interactive way. Virtual Reality is slowly maturing to make this possible. “
I would like to thank the following people and organisations:
The people of the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung -
I am grateful to live and work on their lands.
The Gasworks Arts Park for their support over the years.
Levete, aka Jim & Jillian Graham, who's soundtracks feature in the animation and VR experience.
Liminal VR and Tin Nguyen in particular, as well as Peter Musgrave, Tasuku Takahashi, Keijiro Takahashi, for contributing to the coding of the VR experience.
Nicolas Deprez who wrote the Chaoscope program used in the rendering of the prints.
Creative Victoria, who have supported the development of the VR work for this exhibition through their Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative.