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Aqua optica - planet x

posted on 2015-01-01, 00:00 authored by Daniel Armstrong
Planet X is video work which is presented using an original optical projection system which involves a large spherical lens, water and rear projection and various other materials including glass, timber, fabricated steel, etc and which I have called "Aqua Optica". The Planet X is 10 min looping video explores both the historical origins of the discovery of Pluto in 1930 (by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory) and the recent explorations of Pluto by NASA with the New Horizons space craft which was transmitting new images of Pluto at the time of this exhibition.



Sky Lab series of exhibitions curated by Dr Felicity Spear


Counihan Gallery, Moreland City Council

Place of publication

Brunswick, Vic.

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art original




The Aqua Optica system has been developed by me as part of my PhD research and is being used to present a series of new and original video content. Aqua Optica -Planet X is a new and original work. Further references and reviews can be found at the following link: Radio interview with Sky Lab curator, Dr Felicity Spear and artists Daniel Armstrong and Harry Nankin: Sky Lab review in the Age: Sky Lab review in the Sydney Morning Herald: The official Counihan Gallery Face book: page Dan Rule ‘Spectrum — In The Galleries’ review The Age 15/08/15: Art Guide Australia — Friday 21 August 2015. ‘Top Five Exhibitions to See This Week’: National Science Week 15–23 August 2015: International Year of Light (Australia):

Publication classification

J2 Minor original creative work; X Not reportable

Copyright notice

2015, Counihan Gallery


Planet X is a new video work using my Aqua Optica projection system

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