NHK Kyoto NEWS WEB (2022.10.18)


Creating “Fluid Art” in an environment that reproduces weightlessness
Kyoto University, etc.

A group from Kyoto University and others involved in the creation of “fluid art,” which involves photographing liquids bouncing around due to sound vibrations, has announced a new work created in an environment that reproduces zero gravity by dropping an airplane suddenly.

This was announced at a press conference held on October 18 by a group led by Professor Naoko Tosa of Kyoto University.

The group has been working on “fluid art,” in which liquid mixed with paint is placed on a special speaker, and the sound vibration of a baby’s birth cry, etc., causes the liquid to jump around in a flower arrangement-like shape, which is captured by a high-speed camera.

Last August, in an attempt to create a new work of art, the artist created 16 works of art by filming the movement of paint in a zero-gravity space for 15 seconds, using the method used in astronaut training, in which an airplane is lowered suddenly into a dive.

As a result, the liquid was stretched upward for longer than in the work created on the ground, and an unprecedented image was captured.

The research group plans to show this footage at shopping malls around Japan starting in November.

Professor Tosa said, “When I saw the completed video, I thought it looked like a creature I had never seen before. I hope that people who are not interested in art will stop and take an interest in this beautiful form,” she said.