Apparatus with peristaltic pump, laser light and water.

“WiS (an acronym for “water in suspense”) appears, as do many of Geuer’s works, to be some sort of purpose-built, scientific instrument. A spare metal frame supports a pump, a laser light, some plastic tubing- not much is revealed in its utilitarian form. The only additional element is a lamp with blue light placed at the back of the room. The pump is calibrated to deliver a minute amount of water through the tubing. On the end of the tubing is a pipette, where a single droplet of water forms. The droplet is positioned in the warm orange beam of laser. In a darkened room, the light from the laser projects through the water and onto the wall, and we see magnified to wall-sized, the interior of the swelling droplet. This projected image is animated by the gradual swelling and falling of the water, as one would expect, but the rational definition of the event bears only a factual relation to what actually appears on the wall. As it strikes the droplet, the beam of light is bent by the surface curvature of the droplet, as well as by whatever impurities it contains. The refractions and reflections thus created assume a variety of astonishingly elegant geometric and organic shapes, continuously changing as the water droplet forms, swells and falls from the end of the pipette and as the next drop slowly takes its place. . . Regardless of our level of knowledge of these things, the images that appear before us seem to occupy both a microscopic and cosmic scale. Like plasma being formed into a galaxy, stars emerge from the tumultuous interplay of light. Squiggles of matter glow. At the same time we might also see the outline of our own shadow cast by the blue light at the back of the room.”

Christina Ritchie

The Trap and Strange Attractors together with WiS, were part three installations in one exhibition at the Darling Foundry in Montreal called Conflicting Realities.

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