Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto uses a Van de Graaff generator to create "images of electricity." Film photographers worry about static electricity; it can scar negatives. Sugimoto shocks film on purpose! He uses a Van de Graaff generator as his static charge source.
Physics teachers derive much fun and pedagogical grooviness out of the VDG. And it is a powerful research instrument in its own right (that was Robert Van de Graaff's intention). Nice to see a visual artist bending the device to his own purposes. Sugimoto shows great potential!
Source: Wired, via Huffington Post.