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a set of "animated photographs," using sound-controlled CGI & 3D compositing, that reveal invisible magnetic fields as chaotic, ever-changing geometries. the combination of the in-house lab culture experience at NASA's Space Sciences Laboratories, UC Berkeley, with the experience of artists-in-residence, resulted in a movie showing "a new & ancient aesthetic of turbulence".

watch the "magnetic movie" after the break.

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ah, pity, it would be way more interesting, if they did actual measurements of the magnetic fields, and drew the real lines (I imagine a Hall-Sensor attached to a robot arm, that measures the field vector in every free cubic centimeter of the room or so, NASA's got the robots, and one might find some unused lab to measure for some days...)

Anybody ever did this, for pure fun? Or is it too much work for dull images?

And: aren't the magnetic fields of cables supposed to be ring-formed around them? (And the field lines don't end!) Because, then the video would rather show the electric field, where the lines end on charged particles (electrons in the wire...)

Wed 04 Jun 2008 at 9:10 PM

Yep, they magnetic fields should be circles sorrounding the current flow, ie, the cables. And I think the images you propose would just be chaos, magnetic fields are everywhere and infinite. If one line doens't loop itself, its showing a magnetic monopole!.

Fri 06 Jun 2008 at 10:17 AM
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