'The Photonic Sea'. Telluric Currents Project, NOF Landscape Exhibition. The Provender Building, Camden, London
Paul Malone

the artist in Permittivity

Artist Paul Malone researches lost and forgotten theories of science and natural philosophy to inform his artwork. These take the form of 'cosmological conceits' where epic themes of celestial mechanics are re-imaged using common everyday materials. These can take the form of installations, incorporating projections, to small scale machined artefacts. Ideas are often sketched out in the form of movie shorts that are accompanied by generated sound-scapes and text-to-voice synthesis. Other threads involve using the computer's ability to zoom and vectorize in order to travel to other stars and explore these virtually generated landscapes.


the artwork in Permittivity

In fair weather, between the soles of your feet and the top of your head is a potential difference of 200 volts. This installation explores the interaction of the Earth's photonic charge field with phenomena at the edge of visibility. It is these same (base level infra-red) photons that enter at the Earth's poles, inducing the aurorae, and exit at the tropics to generate the deserts. In the interim they convey ions which enable the multitude of phenomena we see in the atmosphere and in the morphologies of the Earth itself.

In the installation 'The Photonic Sea', pale blue roofing sheet is wrapped into structural elements and illuminated by the imagery of distant sea objects. Here the waves incorporated into the roofing sheet are immersed in their own indeterminate sea of light. The vertical movement of the waves in the movie is re-imaged into rings of blue light that travel up and down the tubes; as if pushed by the pressure of the Earth's charge field.

artist information



Paul Malone graduated in Fine Art at Reading University and Sculpture at the Royal College of Art. Since then he has exhibited worldwide and engaged in numerous curatorial projects. In 2008 he set up one of the first online TV channels (Ottica TV) to showcase the use of the moving image in gallery installations. He is available to delivers talks about many of the theories he has researched.