The Life of Crystals
We are surrounded by natural phenomena that we have learned to understand in order to use for our benefit. With constant technological development, we have access to devices that apparently move us away from our connection to nature. The Life of Crystals is a project that aims to recall that origin by returning to the basics of electronics in order to understand a small part of what we call High-Tech through experimental and theoretical research: growing Rochelle Salt Crystals and observing their piezoelectric properties. The output of this research is a sound installation where a crystal vibrates at determined resonance frequencies arousing the spectator's curiosity about electronics archeology, sound and oscillations.
Throughout my years of creative processes I've recognized a pattern in the way I create, which is to get involved with different materials and start to generate projects using the form as a starting point and not the concept. Given these reasons, I could also say that in my works normally the form becomes the concept.
This time is not the exception and my initial approach to my actual process is through matter, in this specific case DIY piezoelectric crystals. This process has been mainly investigative so far and through this research I've discovered the creative potential of these crystals. They meet somehow many characteristics that seem very interesting to me: crystals are raw material that help to understand how physics and today's electronics work, they inhabit somehow the sound territory which has been my main field of creation for the last eight years and finally, because they are in the limit between being the metaphor of life and being alive.
My project is then the result of my intention to go a step further with my research process and make visible/audible all what I can describe as fascinating about the piezoelectric properties of this found material. Through this operation my intention is to show the application of all what I've learned so far in the same way a scientist does with a paper, but as I'm not a scientist I'll do it through an installation that contains that information through sound, objects and poetic (semiotic) content.