Ionesis – sonic plasma
“Ionesis” is a sonic plasma performance/installation consisting of three multi-electrode discharge tubes which were originally invented by the scientist Nikola Tesla. These ‘tubes’ transform six electronic audio channels into twelve high voltage sources, initiating an electro-sonic reaction in light plasma as a result. The focus of the work lies in investigating the discharging qualities of plasma. When an electrode discharges the electric field generated by this (electrode), it interacts with other electric fields also discharging electrodes within the tube. This results visually into a complex configuration of intertwined light cells. The conduction of light is synchronized with the sound in the space. Based on the synaesthetic relation between light and acoustics, Ionesis conjures an immersive cosmological experience.