THE GRAVITY FIELD PROJECT
The Gravity Field Project is a material investigation of gravity premised on the belief that art acts as an investigative and experimental form of enquiry addressing and reinterpreting what is explained through traditional scientific means. Sometimes employing scientific methodologies, sometimes ‘pataphysical* strategies but always addressing the sculptural realm, the Gravity Field Project maps and measures the gravitational field in which we all live. Gravity has always been a fundamental concern for sculpture, a factor to be reckoned with in the making and locating of objects. The Gravity Field Project attempts to invert this relationship and to free objects and space in the process:
G ➡ S to S ➡ G
Newtonian physics discovered much about the way gravity functions, enabling accurate predictions about the movements of tides, planets, moons, comets, etc. The mechanism of gravity remained unexplained: a mysterious force acting at a distance in an a priori infinite space. In the context of Einstein’s theory of relativity gravity is not a force but rather a curvature of space-time produced by the mass of objects. Space-time arises from things, it isn’t an a priori and the flow of time and the metric of space differ between regions.
*'pataphysics, the science of imaginary solutions
(Photos 6, 9, 10 & 11 by Ryder Jones)