MEDIA ART 2005
|Balázs Beöthy /
Zsolt Mesterházy /
Éva Kozma /
Szabolcs Géza Veres
Pál Szacsva y
Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák /
Szilvi Tóth /
Satellite-driven kinetic installation
Today we accept the global positioning system, the fragile network of GPS satellites, as a more stable relational system than any other on Earth. According to the theorem of mathematician Kurt Gödel, if a system is free of inconsistencies, then a statement can be formulated that cannot be solved within its own system. For this, the modification of the referential system is required. One transfers the perspective of observation if, with the aid of satellites, from a distance of thousands of kilometres, they are able to reach their own spatial position increasingly closer from the systems falling outside the stratosphere.
The installation is composed of six robot arms of equivalent length, each of which indicates the direction of a GPS satellite orbiting above us. As each new satellite rises above the horizon, the associated arm follows its motion on its trajectory until it disappears beneath the horizon. The final result is a kinetic sculpture which is constantly shifting its form, moving with the slowness of the hands on a clock, and which renders visible the constellation of artificial celestial bodies at a height of 20,000 km, passing at their full speed of 14,000 km/h.
The orbital trajectories viewed from another point on Earth provide a different impression; hence, the robot’s movement will be unique at each exhibition location.
(Nextlab: Tamás Szakál, Péter Szakál, Ákos Maróy, Szabolcs Somlai-Fischer, András Kangyal)
|NKA / NKÖM / IHM / C3 / Budapest Kunsthalle / House of Future|