Standing Wave

Standing Wave is a sound reactive light installation exploring the contrasting reflective states of water.

Specular reflection created by the perfect mirror-like surface of still water surrounds the space in uniform, almost motionless light. This state of tranquility is broken with the introduction of sound waves to the water, immediately altering its surface to produce diffuse reflections that create more random and chaotic light. Specific sound frequencies attempt to order these reflections by forcing the waters surface into patterns of standing waves. The water struggles to settle into a constant pattern, hinting at a stasis that is never achieved.

Created in collaboration with Seeper, Mike Challis and Simon Limbrick.