This video documents Sonic Water -a cymatics installation.
Cymatics is the process of visualizing sound and vibrations.
According to Sonic Water creators Sven Meyer & Kim Pörksen, “The reason cymatics exerts such a strong fascination is that we are not conditioned to ‘see sound’. Cymatics is like a magic tool that unveils the true substance of things audible, but conventionally invisible.”
About Sonic Water:
The installation is very simple: A sound signal is used to vibrate a speaker. On top of the speaker membrane we have applied a plate and on the plate we have then glued an ordinary bottle cap. The bottle cap (or the whole plate) is filled with water. The water works as a flexible three-dimensional sculpture mass, that translates the sound into pictures. The vibration of the speaker creates one of a kind water-sound-images in response to the respective sound impulse – from chaotic patterns to standing mandala-like waves.
The camera films the speaker from above and basically shoots a macro mode live view of the bottle cap action which is projected onto a large screen.
When people enter the room they initially just see the big screen cymatics projections. However, once they approach the cube with the speaker they suddenly grasp the setup and have this moment of incredulity and utter bewilderment, that a setup as simple as ours can create such astounding visuals. But this part of our installation is actually just an incentive or an ice breaker.
Our actual intention is for the audience to have fun in the laboratory, where they can create and document their own cymatics.
The video below provides a look at interaction with Sonic Water:
Check it out and let us know what you think of Sonic Water!