Claire williams

Visual and sound installation

Six shapes rest in the center of a big flat disc. One recalls the amorphous pieces of silicon produced by the impact of lightning strike on sand, while the others may resemble tojellyfishes, corals or seaweedsliving in thedepths of unknown seas. Each one is filled of a matter-energy which shades and structure are unique.

These six shapes are all different but they no doubt belong to the same class of objects, the same category of things. To physicists they recall the tubes used by Heinrich Geissler to experiment on the behavior of certain gases when electrical current flows through them. To those who visit shops in science museums they remind the luminous globes that react to touch. To explorers of the northern latitudes, they recall the aurora borealis. They are at once all of these and at the same time neither of them. They are filled with noble gases that compose the interstellar environment: argon, neon, krypton, xenon, nitrogen.

They are made of the same matter of the sun: plasma. Plasma is the fourth state of matter, it composes 99 % of our visible universe but none of the 100 % of the one we evolve in. What is strange is to hear its activity as if it came from inside our bodies, when we place our elbows on the ring that surrounds the disc. The entire installation pulses to the rhythm of the sun’s electromagnetic activity.

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From 16 Dec. 2020 to 7 Mar. 2021


21 Bis Mirabeau
Espace Culturel Départemental
, Aix-en-Provence

© Claire Williams
© Claire Williams

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Claire Williams (BEL)

Working at the borders of science, technology, arts and textiles, Claire Williams sees her self as an artist and researcher that tries to work between these fields, finding a common language, creating and amplifying specific interactions between different mediums. Her obsessions lay mostly around data, sound and ancient textiles, trying to materialise digital matter, imperceptible or inaudible informations found in our super saturated techno environment. She likes to work with unstable media, researching ways to create specific tools, usages or techniques to give us a sensitive experience of our daily environment. In her work she mainly uses textile techniques, hacked machines, DIY electronics, open source software and hardware.

Claire Williams lives in Brussels. She graduated from ENSAV La Cambre with a master degree in Textile Design. In parallel to her art practise she organises, collaborates in collective projects. She has exhibited in Spain, France, Belgium, Holland and the U.K. and regularly gives workshops and exhibitions in art festivals, associations, cultural events, schools and museums on open source textiles, floss software & hardware, hacked knitting machines, electronic textiles and stories on analogue textile techniques.

Credits & mentions

Production:  Production Le Fresnoy, studio national des arts contemporains 2018-2019

Supported by Wallonie-Bruxelles International and Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles I Paris (Saison Parallèle / Marseille 2020 and Hors les Murs – Constellations program)

Stéphane LOUIS
Baptiste De La Gorce
Observatoire Royal de Belgique – E-Callisto Network