At the moment I’m currently obsessed with light artist James Turrell and his enormous body of work, and find myself devouring everything I can of his interviews, writings, and lectures. But it was during one interview in particular where Turrell introduced me to a scientific fact that detonated in my head with such force I had to research whether it was true or not.
During a July 2013 interview with Charlie Rose as he was promoting his Aten Reign installation at the Guggenheim, Turrell discussed his fascination with a branch of scientific experimentation that proves light knows when we are looking at it, and it behaves differently when being observed. “Light has different behavior through a defraction grading when we’re looking than when we’re not,” Turrell says. “That almost imbues it with consciousness.”
The science Turrell is referring to is from the mind-blowing Double Slit Experiment. If you think your brain is up for the challenge you can learn more about it at HighExistence.com.
YOU CAN WATCH JAMES TURRELL DESCRIBE THIS AT THE 20:40 MARK:
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