Onirical Fluctuations (Materialization of Light in Movement Into Water)




Introduction: Onirical Fluctuations (Materialization of Light in Movement Into Water)

About: Anaisa Franco, 1981. In 2014 she got the Edith Russ Haus prize for emerging new media artists and got Emare-Eman prize to do a residence at Creative and Cognition Studios in Sydney and she also did a residence…

This is a project I have been developing where I try to build ephemeral platforms for projections.

In this case I will show a project called "Onirical Fluctuations" . I collected dreams of the people and I interpreted the dreams by doing animations and narrations. The animations were projected through out the water.

You can see more about the project in my webpage:


Step 1: Transparent Structure to Contain the Water

You have to find a transparent structure to fill with water. It can be a ball or an aquarium for example.

Step 2: Add Milk to the Water

Now you have to add a little bit of milk to the water. The milk makes the water dirty and then you can project.

Step 3: Prepare Your Digital Animations

the animations should be very contrasted and with strong colors. Photographic images doesn't work, only simples traces and strong colors.

Step 4: Projecting Your Animations With a Projector

You are going to see the image inside the water. It need to have strong and contrasted images.
Place your projector behind it and it will work!
Look the video:

Onirical Fluctuations from Anaisa Franco on Vimeo.

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    tl;dr: Is important the projection surface is totally tight/smooth and totally clear, or can it be somewhat convoluted and/or cloudy?


    This is a sweet project. I'm thinking of making it, but the water + milk wouldn't work for my situation - short-term and outdoors. Instead, I'm thinking something inflatable + haze (atomized mineral oil, as used in dance clubs to make lasers visible).

    Haze machines are really expensive, but you can get canned haze for about $20, called "Fantasy FX Haze-In-A-Can" - PNTA is a good store which also has data sheets for it. Claimed "hang time" is 2+ hours in unventilated spaces, which I'm guessing would be significantly longer in a small sealed space that may be jostled occasionally. Given that it's meant for large venue spaces, a can of it should last pretty much forever in this application.

    For enclosures, the two options I've found are clear trash/recycling/lawn bags (available for cheap everywhere), and large clear beach balls (available from d-n-ltoys on ebay), 33" diameter for $23 or 50" diameter for $65). Balloons may also be an option, but I've not yet been able to find one that is obviously both large and crystal clear transparent. Which is sad because you can get a 45" latex balloon that is just a bit cloudy for $5 (expo_product on ebay).

    Think either the bags or the ball would work? The bags would not have a smooth surface; the ball would be quite smooth although of course not as smooth as glass.