Phantom Ballet, 2017
Steel, stained beech wood, concrete, stainless steel, polyoxymethylen, plasma, electronics
150 x 30 x 30 cm


Commonly light doesn‘t react to external forces. It simply can be refracted, focused, bended and reflected by optical methods. The possibility of forming light lies in a certain state of matter – plasma. The emitted light consists of charged particles and therefore is responsive to magnetic fields. Nevertheless, the conditions for control and design are limited, contingent on the chaotic character of the medium itself.

The installation „Phantom Ballet“ illustrates how matter is subject to the vivid process of constant transformation and stages the secret life of fundamental particles and acting forces. This shapeless matter, these invisible phantoms are dancing their ephemeral ballet in a glassy sphere, drawing stories of light in a space between control and life of its own.

In collaboration with Karsten Schuhl

verena bachl phantom ballet light art installation
verena bachl phantom ballet light art installation