Host Black (W)hole
The original installation was showcased in Bozeman, Montana, in the ballroom of the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture. Several architectural floor plans of the Emerson ballroom were generated for the installation. Through a series of iterations and collaborative concept development, the team arrived at the final concept to project a black hole animation on a large floor screen.
Hazers were introduced to make beams of light visible, filling the entire vertical space and immersing viewers. Special armatures were developed to send lasers through a series of plastic films to distribute hundreds of light beams around the black hole, creating a star field. Finally, the animation of a smaller black hole in a zoom-whirl orbit was added, in conjuction with the gravitational wave sounds associated with such an event, making the viewer’s experience auditory.
Additionally, there was a projection of a digital/analog based film using equations that relate to black hole physics. Encaustic paintings were filmed one layer at a time,then subsequently altered with software and morphed into a unique, time-based film using the abstract language of physics as markmaking devices, which the viewer encounters in a large scale moving image on the back wall of the ballroom.