Japanese artist Sachiko Kodama's kinetic installations are hypnotic and addictive. This piece, Protrude, Flow, is a collaboration with the artist Minako Takeno and builds upon Kodama's previous work with magnetic liquids.
The deep, black pools you will see in this film ( Download protrudeflow.wmv ) are made of a ferrous powder that has been dissolved in either water or oil. Suspended in liquid, the metal powder becomes pliable but does not lose its magnetic properties.
In Protrude, Flow, the artists' use computer software to control strong magnets that, in turn, manipulate the fluid in response to music or ambient noise in the gallery. The result is a gently shifting menagerie of organic form.