Measuring the Invisible

Frequently, as I ponder each potential invisible thing that I might add to my archive of 1,000 invisible things, I ask if the thing is measurable in some way – for example, happiness. Can you measure happiness?

How about conversationCan you measure it?

Other than the basic, “Can you see it?” question, additional questions I ask are:

Can you touch it? Is it something you can pull out and define by it’s edges? Does it have edges?

Is it an organ? The mind – could one surgically remove it from the body? What about the g-spot? I can locate mine, certainly, but could it be removed surgically? As an organ donor, could I donate my g-spot?

If it’s kind of visible, as in a relationship, can you definitively describe how it looks? – in the same way you could describe what a monkey wrench looks like? In other words, will one relationship always look like any other relationship? Is it as definable as the way a monkey wrench will always look like a monkey wrench? Or the way a hammer will almost always look like a hammer?

And how about when we use metaphor? They’re helpful for illustrating a point, but you can’t really see a metaphor – we’re only able to visualize it in our mind’s eye – and your vision will certainly be different from mine…

There are loads of other questions I use. This is just a quick overview. Today, I entered into Google the phrase “Measuring the Invisible”. The search produced some pretty fascinating results which you can see here.

And this is the kind of thing I geek out on:

A popular woodworking magazine published a letter a few months ago from a guy whose doctor said he could no longer use his woodworking machinery because of his pacemaker.  If that was me, I don’t know if I’d take that advice sitting down — I’d probably try to measure the fields with a meter like this one from AlphaLab to see if there actually was a danger or if I could shield the machinery somehow.

Made in the USA, AlphaLab’s TriField meter measures magnetic, electric, and radio/microwave field strength continuously on its analog meter.  The device is sensitive to electric and magnetic fields regardless of orientation because it uses three mutually perpendicular coils in AlphaLab’s unique network configuration.  The included 9V battery lasts for about ten hours of continuous use.

Look to pay about $130 for the meter.

And this:

Measuring Invisible Fields: Electromagentism

The survey materializes by drawing electromagnetic activity as water, where lines are engraved into the glass surface and appear when they are illuminated. The electromagnetic data gathered is processed in order to create meaning from it creating a sectional survey of the hallucinatory state that is produced when the body makes direct contact with electromagnetic activity.

Some quotes from the investigation which I found interesting and appropriate to my project:

2.     The environment and its inhabitants interact through energy transfers.

11.   Between bodies and electromagnetism immeasurable space is produced within measurable space.

 12.   Moving through the range of charged electromagnetic frequencies, one’s cognitive faculties are disturbed and the physical conditions of the place transform

19.   The architect adjusts the atmospheric charges to induce hallucinations and enhance perceptual cognition.

20.   In some sectors the architect creates gardens with different species of stimulating frequency waves. In other areas the city may have to regulate the flows

24.   Matter, body, and electromagnetic frequencies band together and form an interdependent environment hovering between the visible and invisible.

Find more here: SOTIRIOS KOTOULAS: Emission Architecture (updated) | LEBBEUS WOODS.

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