Cosmic Resonator


Cosmic Resonator

Cosmic Resonator

17.06 — 16.07 / 2016

Vernissage 17 June 2016 – 5 p.m.

The smallest possible thing in the universe is described as the Planck length ( ℓ P ), equal to 1.616199(97)×10 −35 metres.  Many orders of magnitude beyond what our technology can measure, the Planck scale is the lower limit of the smallness of things, where reality froths into quantum foam.  With this as a starting point, Sexton and Wilson attempt to transpose the intangible into direct experience.

The work investigates the possibility of a loop between the big and the small, establishing resonance across scales, between the quantum and classical worlds. Everyday objects are diffracted and superposed. Universal potentials collapse upon the mundane.  Quantum randomness is filtered through resonant structures made from uncertain materials. Its factual presence in this space decides between infinite possibilities, and space-time as a whole pivots on this one contingent moment.


/// Erin Saxton et Alexander Wilson /// Présentation d’exposition : Résonateur Cosmique /// from Sporobole on Vimeo.


Photography : Tanya St-Pierre


Erin Sexton (b. 1982) is a Canadian artist who grows crystals, builds antennas, and makes shelters. Her installations and performances are playfully minimal, exploring how we experience matter and space-time. She works with knots, electromagnetics, site, sound, and various physical processes. Her research delves into the origin of the universe, energy politics, neomaterialist philosophy, technological infrastructure, quantum paradox, and human psychology. She also tries to communicate with non-humans and understand their experience. Sexton is a licensed amateur radio operator (VE2SXN) currently studying at KHiB in Bergen, Norway, while transmitting and exhibiting her work internationally.

Alexander Wilson (b. 1979) straddles the boundary between artistic practice and philosophy. His work investigates the relationship between aesthetics, technology, and the mechanisms of emergence in nature, through the implicit links found in the science of complexity, computation, systems theory, quantum cosmology, evolution and process philosophy. He is currently pursuing postdoctoral research at Aarhus University in Denmark.