Bernoulli equation for unsteady potential flow

By Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli
Irvine, California: Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli, 2008. Edition of 40.

2.5 x 7.75 x 1.75"; 87 leaves. Digital pigment prints on Epson Premium Luster paper. Palm leaf structure. In custom lidded box with magnet closure with book laid in a Phi-shaped recess.

This book visually and tactilely mimics the action of a body in water. The Bernoulli equation for unsteady potential flow (named for Daniel Bernoulli, 18th-century Dutch-Swiss mathematician) is used, among other places, in the theory of ocean surface waves and acoustics.

Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli: "I used to think I was a photographer, but I realize now that I am an image-maker. I construct tales of impossible love or of dreams that go beyond what can be expressed in a single image. The photographs become short stories, and they dictate their own form of presentation including installations, artist books, or sequences. They are not told necessarily in linear fashion, which vastly increases the number of possible interpretations. I experiment with layering several different images and with a variety of narrative mechanisms. This way, the visual flow of the sequence is altered and normal reading habits are disrupted which allows viewers to blend their thoughts with the images. ...

"This is a wonderful book about water. It is a nine photo series of bodies in water that when held in a hand can flow in the other or can behave like waves."