Life is Motion

Strappini Life is Motion

The installation Life is Motion illustrates an allegory between the genetic information, or, the "datami" of humans, and the particular nodal structure of Chladni plates. Physicist and musician Ernst Chladni, dubbed the father of acoustics, researched the motion of vibrating plates in the 19th century. Each object has its own resonant frequency – let’s say its own "DNA". Can each plate, therefore, have its own "genetic data"?
Artist Nicolas Strappini explores this allegory with a "resonance" installation that invites participants to create their own individual patterns using sand on plates. The installation is also an artistic representation of the Fourier transform, a mathematical tool that breaks down a waveform (a function or signal) into an alternate representation, a sum of components. Similar to a musical chord, it decomposes components of data cluster and makes Fourier data visible as a series of different "flowers" on the plates, which constitutes the "genome of the plate".