At 7552 feet above sea level, on a mountain range overlooking a glacier made up of 27 billion tons of ice, part of a lichen-covered boulder is transformed into electroluminescent matter.
The video documents the rock’s transformation in this wild, undisturbed no-man’s-land.
Using a traditional color palette and brush, the painter applies silver paint, dielectric paint, excitable phosphor, and a conductive varnish to the rock’s weathered surface.
As the sun goes down she supplies electric energy to the paint layers.
At dusk the rock begins to flicker, then flash.
Finally, it emits a steady glow into the darkness.
Electroluminescence becomes an active part of darkening nature -
in a surprisingly natural way.
alpine experiment by Anna Comiotto
video: Manuel Schüpfer