Kudos to the Portuguese scientists! The phenomenon ‘Entrainment’, discovered by Christiaan Huygens 350 years ago have now a mathematical explanation. Read more about it on the Guardian.
Based on Huygens discovery I created a piece that links it with depression:
Entrainment is a phenomenon where two different oscillating systems assume a common period when interacting. The two oscillators may fall into synchrony when the system with the greater frequency slows down and the other speeds up.
Huygens, the inventor of the pendulum clock, introduced the entrainment concept after observing that two clocks mounted on a common board had synchronized. The phenomenon occurs because small amounts of energy are transferred between the two systems when they are out of phase. As they assume a more stable phase relationship, the amount of energy gradually reduces to zero.
Taking inspiration from Huygens findings the video installation invites the viewer to observe the universe of a depressed patient and to experience her agony, restlessness, fears and the dominance that the illness has upon the subject’s life. It’s a thought provoking video installation that draws the audience to reflect upon mental health issues and the need to find self-acceptance and balance.