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For the ABC Science series Phenomena, the Australian artist and filmmaker Josef Gatti collaborated with the Australian composer Kim Moyes for an amalgamation of art and science exploring ‘naturally occurring patterns, and the fundamental forces of nature that create them’. In this electricity-themed entry, Gatti combines an electric circuit, a salt solution and a wooden board to demonstrate how electricity ignites into heat energy and finds the path of least resistance on the wood’s surface, forming the fractal patterns known as ‘Lichtenberg figures’. The demonstration doubles as a miniature yet spectacular fireworks show, with the movement of light and fire captured in stunning 4K resolution.
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Animals and humans
An artist and ants collaborate on an exhibit of ‘tiny Abstract Expressionist paintings’
How a curious question about colouring maps changed mathematics forever
The rise and fall of Kowloon Walled City, Hong Kong’s infamous urban monolith
Inside the unique creative space where ‘outsider’ artists find their form
A dreamy tribute to the music of Brian Eno, rendered in paint, soap and water
Stories and literature
Myths from Earth’s edge – what the Icelandic sagas reveal about Norse morality
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