Magnetic Field Art Will Make You Miss Your Old CRT Display

Remember how awesome it was to hold up a magnet to an old CRT display, and then watch it degauss in a colourful, rainbow seizure? Well you probably don't have any CRTs on hand anymore, but German artist Carsten Nicolai has an installation that makes use of those same magnetic deformations and it's still fun to watch.

"crt mgn" is primary composed of two pendulum arms capped with magnets. Each swings over an old CRT display, morphing and tweaking the lines displayed on it to illustrate the transformative force of otherwise invisible magnetic fields. And to add just a little bit of eeriness, the magnetic fluctuations are also transformed into a modulating acoustic drone that fills the showroom.

Kind of makes you miss your old CRT, doesn't it? Where's a degauss button when you need one? [Laughing Squid]


    I don't miss them at all - they're right here :P

    Though I do miss a couple of the models that have wandered out of the house.

    Pfft, still rocking two CRT's in our house. They work and they're only used for watching TV so no need for anything fancy!

    ^^ Still using CRT's in an age where we just replaced all our 19" flatscreens's with 23" ones and now have nothing to do with the old 19"'s. I feel for you, guys :P

    Just remember - Using strong a magnet up against the screen can do two other less-desirable things...
    1) Magnetise the shadow-mask, causing semi-permanent colour distortion of the image, and 2) pull / deform the shadow-mask - causing permanent colour distortion of the image

      Yep. Playing around like this was the last bit of fun I managed to drag out of a couple of old CRT units.
      One was an old telly (the picture was badly faded) and one was an old monitor that was destined for the dump anyway.
      i think i have a bunch of colorful pics around somewhere.
      While I agree that this treatment is not very good for a CRT. it's surprising just how much of this kind of abuse they can handle though.
      Especially if you have a de-gaussing wand available. :)

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