PULSAR: The chemical transformation light

Alchemy means transformation, which takes place not only in chemistry but also in the human consciousness. We are interested in investigating mental transformation processes inside a human being.
— SAVE Lab

PULSAR lamp is a project by SAVE art & science laboratory. The idea is to create a design object which would allow observing a chemical process in real time. Substance sublimation and crystallization processes can be observed inside the PULSAR lamp. The collection contains the lamps of different chemical processes.

The PULSAR lamps included:

This chemical lamp is based on the principle of substance sublimation like the transition from the solid physical state to the gaseous state avoiding the liquid state. Affected by the heat coming from the heated bulb, the substance is sublimed in a vessel and precipitates on the vessel’s walls in the form of violet crystals – dendrites. When the ball is rotated, the crystals move to different areas of the vessel’s surface.

This chemical lamp is based on substance melting and crystallization principles, i.e. transition from the solid to the liquid state and vice versa. The substance melts affected by the heat coming from the heated bulb; as the lamp’s intensity decreases, the substance cools down and crystallizes creating round-shaped polycrystals called spherolites.

Currently, SAVE laboratory is investigating performance and choreographic aspects. Real-time interaction between man and chemical. 

Can we establish a relationship between a man and a chemical process?
This is the subject of our research.
— Julia Borovaya

Watch PULSAR light in action below: