Segment of "Faraway Does Not Exist"

Brochure for a show about Light at the Technorama Museum in Switzerland.
“Solid Smoke” is on the cover

Movies of Initial Aerogel Tests
You can learn more about aerogel and it's properties here.

iTunes visualizer on aerogel

Text extruding thru aerogel

Looks like fire

My setup for the tests


Beneath the Surface - Jupiter, Lightning, and Invisible Light
eCloud - 108' data driven sculpture
The Big Playground - Drilling a hole into a grain of sand
Curiosity - Low tech interactive wall
The Hidden Light - Interactive light installation about other planets
Aerogel exhibits - A substance that is 99.8% air
The Past Is Present - Interactive sound sculpture
Data + Art: Art and Science in the Age of Information - Co-curator
Independent Study - Playing with bottles
Places Los Angeles Forgot - A travel guide

Aerogel Experiments
At the Jet Propulsion Lab I have been fortunate to work with interesting materials.

Aerogel is 99.8% air, yet a 1in thick piece would protect your hand from a blow torch. It has been used to catch dust from a comet and insulate the rovers on mars. But its effect on light is what I find so stunning. I have now used it in two installations, one for JPL, and one for the Technorama Museum in Switzerland.

“For those who dream, Faraway does not Exist”
This was done for the JPL museum. It is about the dreams of those who work there. It is now traveling. If your museum or event would like it for some time let me know.

“Solid Smoke”
This version is a bit more interactive. There are infrared lights inside the display case and when your hands move over an open slit, the aerogel directly across from your hands turn colors. Unfortunately I finished installing with about 10 minutes before I had to leave so I have yet to get good video documentation.

(The aerogel for Solid Smoke was purchased from Calchemist in the Bay area, the interactive aspects of the piece were done by Gilad Lotan)