I have returned to the Australian Synchrotron after a long break (which was invaluable in giving me a bit of time and space to take in all that I had experienced during the 3 month residency). Over that time I developed some unusual image-manipulation processes that kind of turn spatial images into frequency images (in a way that is visually analogous to the ‘Fourier Transform’ processes used in a lot of frequency analysis of the synchrotron light). I used the image sequences I recorded of the synchrotron ‘light’ (as described below), and after the processing, out came some unexpected images:

I showed the ‘fourier light experiments’ to a group of the physicists who suggested they get some prints of it… I suggested a 3 metre lightbox, but (perhaps surprisingly!) they wanted to push it a lot further. The synchrotron director had coincidentally wanted the front foyer area redesigned, and expressed the idea of a giant print covering the glass wall between the foyer and the synchrotron itself. I whipped up a proposal, got lots of quotes, test prints, bits of glass, etc, presented it, and (after a bit of “what the hell’s all that?!”) they liked it. So now I’ve been contracted, and now have to redesign the whole front end of the place, featuring a 15 metre x 3.5 metre translucent mural. The image will somehow collage together composite CAD models of the synchrotron, the invisible fields, the crazy energy that comes out of it, the atomic-scale interactions, and the data that is extracted from such processes, in a way that maps over the real synchhrotron behind it and expresses the ‘feel’ of it all. Below are some of the early experiments in such “accelerator expressionism”: