“As beings who see and analyze light, we recognize its importance in human existence and our perception of the world. Vision, the most highly developed of our senses, enlists much of the brain’s cognitive power to make sense of the flood of energy and information that reaches us through our eyes, a flood that also carries spiritual and aesthetic meaning. Even this does not fully define the power of light, for it has given humanity the means to escape the night and grow as a civilized species.”
So writes Sidney Perkowitz, in his article, Illuminating Light. This issue explores the nature of light and, in particular, the ‘visionary’ way it relates to science, quantum theory, myth, consciousness, poetry and art.
Artists Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand create sensory immersion environments, which investigate light, perception and consciousness. In ‘visual articles’, Nina Sellars shows her work Lucida, an autonomous image-making machine and Chris Wood explores the aesthetic potential of light and glass.
J.M. Wingfield draws his inspiration from the fields of quantum theory, relative physics and cosmology, the author invites the reader to explore, through a poetic view, ideas and images as revealed through advances in theoretical science.
In The Light of Consciousness, Peter Russell explores the personal, spiritual aspect of light and asks ‘Does physical reality and the reality of the mind share common ground in light?’
Further explorations of ‘visionary’ approaches to light in art and science are provided by blogs on Tarkovsky’s Polaroids; Optogenetics; the double-slit experiment and Frederic Bonpapa’s film ‘Light Motif’.
Plus there’s a video of the greatest cinematographers and ‘Light Talks’ by Olafur Eliasson, Harald Haas, Ed Boyden, Ramesh Raskar and Rogier van der Heide.
“Light is a powerful substance. We have a primal connection to it.” James Turrell
Also this month, we’re excited to announce Wigner’s friends, a new project by artist, Diemut Strebe in collaboration with ESA and the Italian astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti. Wigner’s friends will be creating a universal show of all possible works of art. The Interalia Magazine will be following the project with great interest and will be featuring articles on its future progress.