“Hermetica” is a video installation for four monitors by Susan Derges. A drop of mercury responds to sound vibrations by assuming increasingly complex shapes and eventually returns to its original shape when the vibration frequency exceeds its response range. Four stages of this development can be seen on four monitors.
Susan Derges― Artist
Susan Derges (British, b.1955) is a photographer living and working in Devon. Born in London, Derges studied painting at the Chelsea School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. A recipient of the Rotary Foundation Award, Derges lived in Japan for six years, and continued her postgraduate studies. After returning to the UK, Derges first began experimenting with abstraction, and then turned to photography. She eventually shifted to camera-less photography—the exposure of images directly onto photographic paper, typically resulting in a negative shadow image—after experiencing dissatisfaction with the way in which the physical camera disconnected the subject from the viewer.