6500K neon, cobalt blue blown glass
36.0 x 1400.0 Size (cm)
14.2 x 551.2 Size (in)Extending over 15 meters long, the site-specific installation Study on a Rotating Black Hole is a mathematical equation written in cobalt blue neon. Produced in collaboration with theoretical physicist Eloy Ayón-Beato, Professor for the Department of Physics and the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV-IPN) in Mexico City, it is a direct translation of Dr. Beato’s handwritten calculations describing the force generated by black holes, and the resulting distortion in the fabric of spacetime. Study on a Rotating Black Hole, recently presented at the Mart Museum for the artist’s first mid-career retrospective in Europe, represents a new level of engagement between the artist and the scientific community, as well as a new visual language for Galvani’s practice. Complex algebra may seem to abstract what it signifies. On the contrary, it is singular in its capacity to represent what is unrepresentable.