KNOWLEDGES at Mount Wilson Observatory, 2012
       
     
Receptive Visualizer for Seeing with the Mind's Eye
       
     
KNOWLEDGES at Mount Wilson Observatory, 2012
       
     
KNOWLEDGES at Mount Wilson Observatory, 2012

Installation view in the base of the 60-inch Telescope.
Steel dodecahedron, audio, headphones.

The "Receptive Visualizer for Seeing with the Mind's Eye" is a steel open-form dodecahedron, a regular twelve-faced polygon that the Ancient Greeks affiliated with the shape of the universe. At the center is suspended a five-inch quartz crystal. Quartz crystal is one of the most abundant minerals found on earth, whose uses range from mystical rituals to high precision optical devices, such as the large prisms used to conduct the first speed of light test at Mount Wilson Observatory. This installation used a three-rotation-per-minute motor and audio recording of an incantation that calls out names for states of visualization, conflating scientific and metaphysical histories.

Receptive Visualizer for Seeing with the Mind's Eye
       
     
Receptive Visualizer for Seeing with the Mind's Eye

Steel, quartz crystal, silver thread,
30" diameter dodecahedron with pentagonal pyramid crown.