Time Crystals, solo show.
November 11th-December 23rd 2017, MaRS Gallery, Los Angeles, USA




Museum as Retail Space (MaRS) is pleased to present Time Crystals by Eric Leiser. New work in reflection and transmission holography merged with sculpture and video.

Exhibition Text by Eric Leiser:

First predicted by Nobel-Prize winning theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek in 2012, time crystals are structures that appear to have movement even at their lowest energy state, known as a ground state.

When a material is in ground state, also known as the zero-point energy of a system, it means movement should theoretically be impossible, because that would require it to expend energy.

Wilczek predicted that this might not actually be the case for time crystals. Normal crystals have an atomic structure that repeats in space – just like the carbon lattice of a diamond. Just like a ruby or a diamond, they’re motionless because they’re in equilibrium in their ground state. Time crystals have a structure that repeats in time, not just in space and it keeps oscillating in its ground state. 

Imagine it like jelly – when you tap it, it repeatedly jiggles. The same thing happens in time crystals, but the big difference here is that the motion occurs without any energy.

A time crystal is like constantly oscillating jelly in its natural, ground state, and that’s what makes it a whole new phase of matter – non-equilibrium matter. It’s incapable of sitting still and like the holographic image evokes with its multidimensional existence, eludes with its transparent volume and draws with perceptual phenomena the viewer into a philosophical paradox. The dynamic flux of perception understood through intuition is the idea of the intertwining of perceiver and perceived linked by light. The holographic image not only is spatial and color perception, the pure product of light, but this light coded information is always in the process of self-construction within our eyes, according to our movements and the point of view adopted. The crystalline nature of time relating to an ongoing study of the infinite in nature within holography is at the heart of this new exhibition.