The extraordinary techniques that Sachiko Kodama uses in her projects have no precedent in contemporary art practices, either within or outside the realm of digital art. Her work illustrates how scientific research can expand the expressive vocabulary of artists today.
Kodama’s projects are based on the study and manipulation of specific substances, ferrofluids, whose visual properties seem almost magical. Ferrofluids are liquid metals. As such, they have magnetic properties and react to the proximity of magnetic fields by vibrating and changing shape. The artist uses a computer system to control the strength of these magnetic fields, adjusting the reaction of the liquid with great precision.