露絲．賈爾曼 英國 1973年生英國，現於英國布萊頓生活及工作
喬．格哈特 英國 1972年生於英國，現於英國布萊頓生活及工作
Ruth JARMAN UK 1973 born in UK, now living and working in Brighton, UK
Joe GERHARDT UK 1972 born in UK, now living and working in Brighton, UK
Where Shapes Come From is a collaborative work by the 2-man British group “Semiconductor”, Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt, in 2016. The two-channel video work is a mix of the oral account of a scientist from rock and mineral laboratory, the routine works in the laboratory, and the computer generated animations. Venturing into the world view in atomic scale, the work rediscovers how science demonstrates and narrates the exterior as well as the nature and ecology of matter we have observed. Just like the saying of the ancient alchemists, “As above, so below”, the work manifests the connection between the micro-universe and macro-universe, and connects us to the world of matter in the micro-universe.
Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt demonstrate the process of mineral experiment, the language to narrate and portray, and the formed appearance of matter with videos of mineral researcher’s daily routines. In the work, the researcher carries out the daily routines in the laboratory, cutting up sample of meteorites while explaining the chemical processes and rules from the bonding of atoms to the crystallization into minerals. From bonding, clustering and forming to the chemical equation that organizes everything underneath as well as the clustering lattice structure and shape invisible to the eye, and finally the ultimate form of mineral we can see are detected. The raw seismic data collected from the Mariana Trench are converted into sound signals in the laboratory, which control the computer generated animations. The animations are mixed with the images of laboratory. The three sets of sounds and images delicately intertwine with one another, telling how we capture the invisible structure of matter and perform deduction and induction, among all of which lie the traces and perspectives of human will.
It is worthwhile to reconsider our experience of the outer world and ways of our understanding. Seeing from another angle, How Shapes Come From points out the development of science and technology offers Mankind a universal language to comprehend and analyze the world of matter they live in a broader and more entertaining manner. Nevertheless, the happening as well as alternation in the world of matter is short and swift. Science may offer and represent a model of matter and a pattern to understand. Yet, the description by science and technology is no more than one thinking and description of certain angle of that swift instant.