Impossible Object

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The heavenly denizens have since time immemorial been imagined as omnipotent immortal beings gazing down at us, creatures hobbled by earthly constraints in the form of form itself, gravity and time. The space race and the attempt to settle it symbolizes the ultimate human fantasy of accomplishing the impossible.

“Impossible Object” is a statue whose three-dimensional structure is comprised of water, which does not take on its form from any specific vessel. As such it cannot exist on Earth, it can only be in weightlessness.

The statue is constructed from a tapestry of tubes and bars into which the water is pumped.
In the absence of gravity, the water forms a three-dimensional fluid sheath around the bars, which transforms over time, assuming their form thanks to their surface tension and their attraction to the walls of the bars. The structure of the statue, reminiscent of an undulating, directionless staircase, poses questions regarding the nature of form in a weightless, directionless environment, an specifically, what form does water assume? What does a slice of sea or a handful of wave look like? “Impossible Object” is a statue whose three-dimensional structure is comprised of water, which does not take on its form from any specific vessel.

As such it cannot exist on Earth, it can only be in weightlessness. The statue is constructed from a tapestry of tubes and bars into which the water is pumped. In the absence of gravity, the water forms a three-dimensional fluid sheath around the bars, which transforms over time, assuming their form thanks to their surface tension and their attraction to the walls of the bars.

The structure of the statue, reminiscent of an undulating, directionless staircase, poses questions regarding the nature of form in a weightless, directionless environment, an specifically, what form does water assume? What does a slice of sea or a handful of wave look like?

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Liat Segal and Yasmin Meroz

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Yasmin Meroz

Yasmin Meroz

Dr. Yasmin Maroz is a researcher in the Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University. Yasmin studies the physics of plant behavior such as decision-making, memory, plant-plant communication, and collective behavior. Yasmin has a B.Sc. in physics and mathematics, an M.Sc. in physics and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Tel Aviv University. Following her Ph.D. studies Yasmin went on to do a post-doctoral in physics at the Weizmann Institute and additional courses in the applied mathematics department at Harvard University in the USA, where she began to ask questions related to behavior within biological systems. In 2017 she set up her laboratory at the Tel Aviv University.

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Liat Segal

Liat Segal

Liat Segal, contemporary media artist combining art and technology. In her works Liat, with a background in technology and science, harnesses technologies and information as the raw material in her works of art. She asks questions that deal with intimacy, identity, memory, free choice, control and originality. Liat is an M.Sc. in computer sciences and biology and the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program from the Tel Aviv University, and an MA from the Minerva University in San Francisco, where she majored in bioinformatics, artificial intelligence and complex systems. Her works have been awarded international prizes and are exhibited in museums and galleries in Israel and worldwide.

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