During my research for this work, I was struck by the extremities of the scale of the phenomena considered by physics, from elementary particles to universes, the infinitesimally small to the unimaginably huge. I became fascinated too by the notion of a correspondence between the micro and the macro, an idea that has preoccupied many, from the Neo-Platonist philosophers and practitioners of Hermeticism, to William Blake (‘To see a world in a grain of sand’) – and perhaps even physicists in their ongoing search for a grand unifying theory. Recently I have also been thinking about Powers of Ten, the 1977 film by Charles and Ray Eames, an ‘adventure of magnitudes’ from which my piece takes structural cues, and the speculative ‘cosmology’ of Romanian artist Stefan Bertalan. This work is a modest reflection on these things.
Commissioned by Chamber Music New Zealand for the Einstein's Universe tour
14 Jul 2013: Einstein's Universe, CMNZ