Maelstrom Module Variation II - Torus
Zoé T. Vizcaíno
A Maelstrom is a colossal natural phenomenon composed by flows and tides irregularities capable of generating powerful whirlpools that constantly and rapidly move forward in a permanent oscillation movement between creation and destruction. Maelstrom proceed from the Dutch combination of malen (to grind) and stroom (stream). This term was introduced into the English language as “a large, fatal whirlpool, engulfing vessels and men, or a figurative application of the idea”. Commonly understood as a powerful and violent whirlpool, a terrible vortex, or a violent or chaotic state of things.
MMV-II Torus searches the visual confrontation between two images of one of the world’s most powerful whirlpools, the Naruto’s Maelstrom, at Tokushima, Japan. The movement converges overflowing the image and collapsing into an imaginary point where the opposition of both currents creates an infinite loop. The link of union of the apparently unconnected forces reveals the toroidal dynamics that flows in every vortex interior.
Nature appears to rely on one core recurring pattern to evolve life at every scale – the torus. The torus its the fundamental primary pattern, is an energy dynamic, a continuous surface with a hole in it. The energy flows in through one end, circulates around the center and exits out the other side. It is a ring shaped energy vortex that exists everywhere from atoms or cells, to planets, suns, galaxies and even the cosmos as a whole. Torus is the only energy pattern or dynamic that can sustain itself and is made out of the same substance as its surroundings – like a tornado, a smoke ring in the air, or a water whirlpool.
MMV-II Torus is composed by four diptychs of photographs, each one confronting two images of the Naruto Maelstrom.