Thought experiments were used in ancient
The exhibit "Gedankenexperiment" celebrates the concept of thought experiments with art by 24 members of the
"I wanted to see what the artists would do with this," said
Kamen's sculpture, Doppler Effect, utilizes copper and steel wires to depict a gravitational shift, also known as an Einstein shift, which occurs as the frequency of electromagnetic radiation waves decreases when observed from a weaker gravitational field.
"I'm very proud to be part of an exhibit that would celebrate his discovery process," Kamen said. "It amazed me because at a very young age, he really engaged his imagination to inform his work. And that seed of imagination, which most of us come into the world with, that curious part of ourselves, remained with him."
"I find that to be really powerful because you have a piece of artwork that is being made right in front of you. For me, as the artist, it's really exciting because I put it out there in the world and it continues to grow and change," Friebele said. "But it's also very hard sometimes because experiments do fail."
For his sculpture, Friebele attached five clocks to a platform mounted on a turntable activated by a timer, with all of the clocks set to the same time and positioned at different distances from the center axis. The spinning of the turntable and the clocks' own internal spinning motions are evocative of the rotation of the earth and the cyclical nature of time.
"I was interested in the inherent fallibility of the clock, that if you put a bunch of clocks together, they tend to go out of time with one another," Friebele said. "I guess I'll find out towards the end of the show if they do indeed go out of time in similar patterns."
Before beginning to work with materials, Braun developed the concept for his piece, drew sketches, used the modeling software SketchUp to model the sculpture, and drafted the sculpture in AutoCAD, software for three-dimensional computer-aided design. After building the sculpture, he developed a strategy to hang and transport the sculpture.
"There's a lot that goes into art," Braun said. "There's this whole string of process that goes from concept to 'this is what I want to portray' to the physical thing that's out there. For me, it's very, very complicated."
Gedankenexperiment runs in the
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