Images of the Week: Sonochemical Reaction

Below are two images of Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand’s installation “Camera Lucida: Sonochemical Observatory,” currently view at the ICC in Tokyo, as part of the museum’s Light InSight exhibit. In the work, a globe that one views in deep darkness, “A band of sound waves of varying frequency is converted into light, made visible, by the sound luminescence phenomenon that occurs when it passes through the chemical medium contained in the water.”

This is the globe:

This is what it looks like, in part, when it’s active:

I visited the exhibit back in December, and have yet to post on it here, but because the exhibit closes at the end of February, I wanted to make sure to get this mention up sooner than later. It’s a remarkable experience, like viewing some strange, disembodied life form at the bottom of an alien ocean.

Here’s the two artists talking about the science behind the art:

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More information at the museum’s website,, from which these images are borrowed.

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