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1987 Aqua Echo

Project Description

Aqua Echo, was an installation and performance series commissioned by, The Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities. Performed at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1987, the project was created by Shawn Brixey in collaboration with the Laura Knott Dance Company, Boston, MA.

Aqua Echo was an interactive ice crystal nucleation installation whose space and performance site were engineered to allow the growth of microscopic ice crystals (snowflakes) based on direct environmental input from performance and audience activities. Ultrapure and super-cooled water are used in a novel isolation chamber to record the installation space and performance events on a microscopic scale, triggering ice nucleation to grow large-scale prismatic ice forms.




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