Particle physics art

Digital art brings terrible / wonderful black hole dream to life


The point is, black holes are terrifying. It’s a huge, ravenous phenomenon in space, and they don’t care what moves in their path. Even light cannot escape from a black hole. So it makes sense that they are the stuff of nightmares. Combine that with another common nightmare theme, The Fall, and it looks like a perfect storm of terror. But in reality, the visualized results are magnificent. Especially when set to epic music. Here’s a look at Jesse Woolston’s audiovisual artwork, which aims to capture his dream of a black hole in art.

We saw this piece for the first time on Ars Technica, and we admit we’re fascinated. The artist had this to say about his work, titled “The Dynamics of Flow:”

The Dynamics of Flow, observes the dynamics of natural phenomena across our universe and expresses the lifelong dream of facing and falling into a black hole, articulating both a scientific and an emotional event in an artistic way both visually and audibly. The artwork combines our universal laws of flux by connecting maelstroms, storms and black holes together… The use of color links what we find on earth to our larger cosmos. Transforming between two different palettes, from plant to nebula gas, color communicates in a subconscious emotional and aesthetic way.

Jesse woolston

Interesting way, Woolston specifies that his dream of “falling inward” leaves him “waking up terrified”. But he never refers to the play as describing a nightmare, only a dream. Noting that his “emotion has been a reminder of the terrifying awe of nature and inspires reasoning for my art to exist”. Indeed, there is something peaceful about her room. It is about succumbing to a force that cannot be fought. It kind of reminds us of that video from the surface of the sun, where the devastating plasma that would incinerate us becomes a grand spectacle.

Woolston has already explored our turbulent but beautiful nature. His re-imaginations of pieces by Van Gogh and Monet focus on the uncontrollable aspects of nature juxtaposed with the controllable nature of art.

We certainly never want to fall into a black hole. But if it had to, we can only hope that it looks like this black hole work of art.