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Magnetic Field Blueprints inspired by Semiconductor

‘If art wasn’t strange to people and it made sense, there wouldn’t be much point to it,' Semiconductor.

Students explored an exhibition of large moving images works by Semiconductor. They discovered artworks informed by scientific data with subjects ranging from the earth to the sky, from the ultra big to the ultra small. Inspired by Semiconductor's investigations into unseen physical forces students visualised invisible magnetic fields. They used iron filings in transparent packets along with shaped magnets to see and manipulate magnetic field linesThey created their own cyanotype (blueprint) photograph to capture their experiment by placing the iron filing packet on top of light sensitive paper, then exposing under UV light. They washed the paper to fix the image. 

Seminconductor: The Technological Sublime, City Gallery Wellington, 2019.

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