Code & Noise, curated by curator Christine Duval
Oct 8 – 11th, 2015
Mel Day & Frank Ham
In new collaborative, hybrid media work, interdisciplinary artist Mel Day and computational scientist Frank Ham visualize and study instability. High fidelity, state of the art turbulence visualizations animate the largely blank spreads of old hymn books, offering glimpses into hidden, unfurling tonality and structures of chaos. The turbulent wake mixes with the quiescent, surrounding flow, revealing and disrupting itself over the books’ facing pages in never-ending mutations of vorticity. Using the hymn book as aesthetic laboratory and mystical space, modified with sparse drawings and revised notations, Day & Ham seek to re-work relationships between the technologically and traditionally sublime, the real and the hyper real, and the infinite, mesmerizing possibilities of the unknowable, emergent, and ungraspable form.
*Day is working in collaboration with Frank Ham from Cascade Technologies, a computational fluid dynamics company developing state of the art Large Eddy Simulation (LES) technology and the direct representation of large-scale, high fidelity turbulent motions. The complex turbulent flow is simulated in the wake of a bluff body by solving the three-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations.
Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco (Art SV/SF) is Art Miami’s International Contemporary and Modern Art Fair on the West Coast. I’ll be showing new collaborative work with computational scientist Frank Ham (Cascade Technologies) in the exhibition CODE AND NOISE, curated by Christine Duval. This exhibition presents eleven artists from Chicago, New York, the Bay Area, China and Japan who use, create or leverage on software to produce works that are engaging, stimulating and allow to ponder on many current issues such as the environment, memory, art history, data collection and surveillance.