IMPACTS : tesla coil audiovisual installation
With Impacts, Alexandre Burton tames lightning in a high voltage installation. Impressive electrical arcs generated with Tesla coils come crashing on suspended glass panes creating striking light structures, increasing in intensity as one gets closer. Using the percussive potential of these impacts, so powerful they can crack the glass, the installation fascinates as much for it's beauty than it's danger.
— Marie Lechner, Libération, 3 avril 2013
As a symbolic and sonic source, the Tesla coil’s ability to throw electric arcs has been employed by a wide spectrum of artists. With this new work, Alexandre Burton proposes the use of plasma (loosely defined as an electrically neutral medium of positive and negative particles) as matter and medium itself, circumscribed by a defined frame and articulated through unique programming. In this way, IMPACTS serves as a reminder of the danger and muscle of this marvel while capturing its sublime beauty and rhythmic potential.