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Carsten Nicolai's crt mgn: Visualizing The Invisibility Of Magnetic Fields

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German artist Carsten Nicolai's work often involves mathematical patterns and phenomena. In new work crt mgn showing at the EIGEN + ART gallery in Berlin he uses cathode ray TVs and pendulums to visualize the magnetic field—something which is usually invisible to human perception. 

The work features four neon tubes mounted on a wall, whose light is recorded by a camera and transmitted onto two TVs. The image this produces is then distorted by a magnet attached to a pendulum, moving over the screens to create interference and make manifest the mysterious presence of the magnetic field.

Photo credit: Carsten Nicolai

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