∂ Topological Landscapes
∂ Topological Landscapes (2015–ongoing) is a multisensory environment
that comprises three projects, all based on research into the
controversial healing instruments designed by Southern California
inventor Royal Raymond Rife (Nebraska, 1888–California, 1971). Rife’s
early twentieth-century scientific work involved light microscopy,
frequency theory, and the concept of pleomorphism, which he applied to
study formal differentiation in viral cells. One of Rife’s aims was to
develop methods and mechanisms that would allow him to use frequencies
to kill viruses.
∂ (curly d) is the symbol for ‘boundary’ in general topology. In this
research, it is employed as a mathematical symbol that links the study
of shifting material surfaces with an inquiry into the fluctuating
borders between art and science. It posits that abandoned possibilities
in scientific error and failed experiments may harbour other futures.
In its three projects, ∂ Topological Landscapes works with different
technologies of reproduction using 3D animation, 3D printed sculpture,
sonification, and prototype-making to explore findings from various
attempts to replicate Rife’s instruments. The necessary information for
creating these replications was gathered from the object archive of the
Science Museum of London and from the two former sites of the inventor’s
research: the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla, San Diego,
and the Linda Vista Hospital in Los Angeles.
In addition to the article
∂ Topological Landscapes published in the Journal for
Artistic Research, this website contains further texts: The Prismatic Compound Microscope, and
images inside the Image gallery.