In 1979, Japanese researcher Masaru Emoto claimed that the human consciousness has an affect on the molecular structure of water. His experiments consisted of exposing water in glasses to different words, thoughts or music, and then freezing and examining the aesthetic properties of the resulting crystals with microscopic photography. Emoto made the claim that water exposed to positive speech and thoughts result in visually "pleasing" crystals being formed, and that negative intention yields "ugly" crystal formations.
The installation seen in the previous post (October 2017) takes Emoto’s research further by exposing water from the River Seine to various colors and patterns painted on found objects from Marnay Sur Seine, France. After fifteen days of exposure, the water crystals were examined to see if certain colors influenced the structures, negatively or positively. Five out of twenty samples of water resulted in specific changes related to their surroundings. None were negative or positive - instead, their molecular structures began to mimic the shapes of the found objects by which they were influenced.
These outcomes question Emoto’s preconceived ideas on the definition of “pleasing” and “ugly.” We live in a fragile world today where the importance of emphasis on how we interact with each other and our environment far outweigh traditional sterotypes of perfection and symmetry. These results support Emoto’s theory that water does have memory and makes an imprint of outside influences, inciting a dialogue discussing the possibilities of how our thoughts and actions directly
Naturalist John Muir stated, “The rivers flow not past us, but through us.” If humans are made up of sixty to seventy percent water, then water is at the very core of our being. Consequently, it is pertinent to consider what our bodies are absorbing from our current surroundings and how this contributes to our overall wellbeing in a future unknown.