Splinter takes the form of a burst of acrylic shards hovering in space. Each piece is illuminated with a single colour-changing LED. It is based on the notion of a plane of glass at the moment it is shattering, the energetic release of surface tension seen in slow motion. It enables to grasp a moment of burst in a time elapse, capturing it through different angles and perspectives when the public goes around Splinter.
The behaviours of the LEDs create a complex variety of fluid and irregular movements. The pieces fluctuate in fades and pulses with muted changes in colour. At times the movement is intense and staccato, and at others, it diminishes softly into darkness.
Funded by Arts Council England, supported by the ICOT at De Montfort University.
Splinter was developed as part of the series Melt, Splinter and Thread over a two year studio practice and research period with the assistance of Artist Programmer Dave Everit, Artist Programmer Sean Clark and Dr Graeme Stuart and Creative technologist Luke Woodbury.
Splinter is set up in a single gallery room dedicated exclusively to it.