The artistic performance that will be launched into space together with the Israeli astronaut

For most of us, there is not much connection between physics and art, but a collaboration between physicist Dr. Jasmine Maroz of Tel Aviv University and contemporary artist Liat Segal challenges the boundaries of the field between the two fields. International space as part of the “Sky” mission in which the second Israeli astronaut Eitan Steve participates.

“Impossible Object” is a sculpture whose three-dimensional structure is made of liquid water that does not take its shape from any container, and as such can not exist on Earth but only under conditions of non-gravity. The sculpture is made of a fabric of pipes and brass rods into which water is poured.

In the absence of gravity, the water forms around the rods a liquid shell with a three-dimensional structure that changes over time, and takes shape due to the surface tension of the water and its attraction to the sides of the rods. The structure of the metal sculpture, reminiscent of a wavy and directionless staircase, raises questions about what shape is in a gravity-free and directional environment, and in particular what shape water is.

Dr. Jasmine Maroz (Photo: Naomi Maroz)

Dr. Maroz is a senior faculty member at the School of Plant Sciences and Food Security at the Wise Faculty of Life Sciences of Tel Aviv University, which studies the physics of plant systems. Segal studied computer science and biology and worked in the high-tech industry, but for the past decade has devoted most of her time to art. The special bond between them was formed when they were graduate students at Tel Aviv University.

Maroz says: “Art and research are both based on a thought process, in which creativity plays a central role driven by the desire to ask interesting questions. It is a work of art based on research thinking, where the medium is basically the physics of water behavior in gravity. For research in my lab. ”

Liat Segal - Credit (Photo: Vivian Wilde)Liat Segal – Credit (Photo: Vivian Wilde)

Segal adds: “We have been able to create a real co-creation, which could not have been realized by each one individually. In the work we also look at the place of culture and art at a time when humanity is experiencing accelerated scientific and technological developments. “Basic and for security, we are free to ask questions about human culture and art outside of Earth.”

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