PETER WILLIAM HOLDEN – CONCENTRICITY

Do you know that feeling when you’ve taken LSD and you’re looking at some non-descript object, and suddenly a jolt hits you? You notice an incredible wealth of details! Something you thought was mundane is actually incredibly beautiful with textures and surfaces that you’ve never contemplated before. The more you look, the more you discover as you’re sucked into a concentric universe where the visible stretches out to what seems like infinity, in a way similar to when two mirrors are placed before each other. Experiences like this stay with you, a reminder never to forget the intrinsic beauty within everything, a refresh to a childlike state where everything is wondrous.

One summer, while caught in a violent storm and sheltering under a motorway flyover, I began to take great pleasure in watching raindrops fall in randomly scattered puddles. Contemplating the beautiful concentric circles and the way they seemingly dance across the puddles in my field of vision. I came to the realization I could create a sculpture to choreograph water droplets and thus make animations from the concentric circles that formed. “Concentricity” is my exploration of that idea. The artwork consists of eight identical water-filled dishes arranged in a circle pattern on the floor. A few meters above these dishes is the sculpture apparatus, merged with a computer that choreographs the creation of water droplets. The subsequent concentric circles which form as water droplets hit the surface of the water pools below are lit with a focused beam of light. The reflection projects the ripples within these water pools onto an adjacent wall, and in so doing so makes the animation visible to the observer.

The work Humanizes technology by simply making the technology take second place, to the visual poetry created via the technology.