Liquid and Gaseous Television
Salvador Dalí ( Spanish, 1904 - 1989 )
"The liquid and gaseous TV utilizes the phenomena of watered patterns, of phosphorescence, of iridescence in emulsions which are capable of refracting light. Hence, by means of chemistry, we can introduce liquids to gaseous surfaces. Thus it becomes capable of receiving holographic reconstructions. This is the future of television. No physical medium is required, merely liquids and gasses. With this invention, it is possible to project in the heavens gigantic images-perhaps Mae West-for all people to see." Defying the laws of physics to create new visual phenomena is a central theme in Dalí's imagined future. In this image, floating phosphorescent liquids cascade in front of the engrossed reptilian viewer and then congeal in the far right to form a miniature reproduction of Dalí's earlier collage "Face of Mae West (Useable as a Surrealist apartment)" (1934-1935).