May 2 – 30, 2015
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival – Featured exhibition
Opening: Saturday May 2 from 2 pm to 5:30 pm
Artist in attendance
Luminous Fields presents images of light imprints from plants and metal circles captured by Marie-Jeanne Musiol with electromagnetic photography. The series is part of a more extensive energy herbarium assembled by the artist at the intersection of two imaginary visions embodied by Goethe, poet and scientist, and David Bohm, quantum physicist.
In the gallery, 30 small backlit positives mounted on wood modules create a space reminiscent of a study cabinet. Although not visible, the backlighting material, a phosphorus sheet activated by electricity, is not unlike other bioluminescent phenomena at work in the natural world. A short video translates in real time the activity of highly mobile fields around plants, with a soundtrack of live sap ascending a tree providing an added expression of plant states. While considering historical presentation of botanical specimens and philosophical debate on the status of plants, erroneously thought to have no nervous system, Musiol also uncovers the presence of cosmic configurations enfolded in minute details of photographed leaves. From nature to cosmos, she speculates on the transfer of information occurring between dimensions in a holographic universe.