Aberration Scope

Armstrong, Daniel 2017, Aberration Scope, Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Vic..

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Title Aberration Scope
Creator(s) Armstrong, Daniel
Year presented 2017
Year created 2017
Material type art original
Description of artwork Aberration Scope is a telescope-like instrument mounted on a large timber tripod. It is constructed in three parts. 1. A conical viewing scope (on a timber tripod) which contains dozens of small lenses of different sizes and focal lengths overlapping each other to produce a mesmerizing field of celestial images 2. A large middle tripod ehich supports a circular sheet of acrylic onto which images of celestial bodies are seen to morph into each other over time. 3. A tall post supports a data projector directed to the circular screen on the middle tripod.
Publisher Museum Victoria
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) Telescope
Astronomy
Lens
Visual astronomy
Optical aberration
Aerial telescope
Christiaan Huygens
Jonhannes Hevelius
Art Science
Art astronomy
Summary Aberration Scope is inspired by the aerial telescopes of Christiaan Huygens and Christiaan Huygens in 17th Century in which large tubeless telescopes where constructed with their lenses being unconcealed. With great difficulty the astronomer would attempt to align the lenses of the aerial telescope in an attempt to resolve and magnify images of the celestial bodies being observed. Within a conical viewing chamber of the Aberration Scope, numerous small lenses are mounted at different distances and angles to each other. These lenses are of various sizes and focal lengths and overlap each other to varying degrees. They are presented as unconcealed and tangible optical objects through which the observer must engage while looking at the projected images of celestial bodies, which are formed on the large circular screen which is mounted on the second tripod. As one observes the projected images of various celestial objects they slowly morph and change over time. Because these images are perceived by the observer after passing through field of small optical lenses, a multiplicity of small distorted representations is observed within the viewing chamber. The work aims to engage the viewer with the materiality of optical lenses and the phenomenon of magnification as well as various other optical aberrations, such chromatic dispersion. The work also makes reference to the historical developments of the telescope and seeks to question of the nature of observation itself, including empirical observation, subjectivity and imagination. All of which may give rise to a sense of awe and wonder in relation to looking into a telescope to observe the night sky.
Notes Interview with Michael Cathcart on ABC Radio, Books and Ats, on17/08/17 - see: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/lighttime/8786014
Language eng
Field of Research 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting)
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category J2 Minor original creative work
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30105413

 
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