09.11.2013 — 09.02.2014, FRAC Lorraine, Metz, F, curated by Beatrice Josse
globus [lat.] m, sphere, lump
cassus [lat.]; concave, hollow
A thought experiment: building Earth’s antipode by using up the entire Earth as construction material.
Humanity would live on the inside of this gigantic hollow structure. No heavens for the gods, and maybe paradise for man.
And for us the cognizance of this antithesis, simplifies the understanding of our world.
«Antipode», Video, 05:35, English with French subtitles, 2007 / 2013
«Globus Cassus Orthographic Drawings 1:250'000», 2 Inkjet prints in Diasec, 1090×1500, 1380×1500mm, 2004
«Globus Cassus Model 1:250'000», Stereolithography, Acrylic Glass, bent, milled and covered with imprinted membrane, wire, glass, wood, 2100×2100×2020mm, 2004
At the age of fourteen I asked my father where the West Pole was. He correctly said that there was no West Pole — and yet there had to be!
It is only at equinox that the Sun rises exactly in the East. Therefore, the eastern-most point on Earth is where the Sun stands at its highest, and consequently the West Pole is at both the middle and the center of the night.
And here, between the setting and the rising Sun, having discovered that the western extreme is defined not only by location alone, but by the concurrence of location and time, we solved a riddle which is almost 700 years old.
«Sun», fire fighter lamp (1000 W), tripod, control unit, 2013
«Earth», UV-print on three-layer slab, suspended from ceiling, acrylic glass pin, 2750×2750×50 mm, 2013
«The West Pole Narrative», 8 UV-prints on acrylic, 184×184 mm (2 pcs.), 258×258 mm (2pcs.), 241×314 mm (3 pcs.), 2013
I wanted to not turn with the Earth.
In Switzerland, the Earth rotates at 1158 km/h. A supersonic aeroplane was converted into a pinhole camera.
Flying westward, and at this very velocity, I documented our four–minute standstill by exposing orthochromatic (red-light insensitive) film to the Sun.
Which didn’t move.
«The standstill point», manual c-print from 13×18'', pinhole camera photograph, mounted on aluminum, framed, 1530×1120 mm, 2010
«The Earth turns without you», HD video loop, 04:00, sound
In four minutes, the Earth turns by one degree of longitude.
Hovering a kilometer above the surface of the Earth, I attached a video camera to a fixed point in space.
I filmed the Earth turning, and stood still all the way from Glarus to west of Lucerne, so to speak.
And missed four minutes.
Photographs of stars do not represent what we see when we look at the night sky, but are rather a product of a technical imaging process which is not calibrated to human eyesight.
Such images therefore tell us little about the view of space from space or of the Earth from the Moon.
Two astronauts assisted in such a calibration, delivering graphic, linguistic and anecdotic aides which enabled the artist to produce a window into outer space.
«Dear Charlie Duke, what does Earth look like form the Moon?», 3 UV-prints on paper, with astronaut's caption and signature, moor oak, 1940×983×58 mm, 2012
«As if the Stars were Countless (Space from Space No. 2)», UV-print on acrylic glass, LEDs, aluminium, Dibond, rubber, power supply 1475×1412×22mm, 2010 / 2013
Around 500 B.C., the Phytagoreans were among the first to imagine a geo–decentric world system.
Their Universe was focused on a central fire, and Earth was balanced by its ideal, perfect counterpart: Antichthon.
Although rendered superfluous by the insights of Copernicus and Kepler, Antichthon might exist behind the Sun, thanks to the principle of Lagrange.
Until Mid–Februray 2015 that is, when NASA's STEREO probes arrive behind the Sun, and maybe disprove Antichthon's existence.
«Regolith Sample Collection», Steel, Acrylic, LEDs, 1710×590×1050 mm, 2012, with:
«Antichthon Samples», paper polyester resin, lava, lead, distilled water, air, 110×59×171 mm, 2012
«Counterweights», lead, 110×59×171 mm, 2012
«Landscape No. 8», UV print on acrylic glass, LEDs, aluminium, Dibond, power supply, moor oak, 700×1030×28 mm, 2010 / 2012
«Landscape No. 5», UV print on acrylic glass, LEDs, aluminium, Dibond, power supply, moor oak, 700×1030×28 mm, 2010 / 2012
«Antichthon Model 1:100'000», polyester foam, shotgun ammunition, gravel, plaster, acrylic, lava dust, 650×480×520 mm, 2012
«The epic and illuminating solar cicumnavigation of STEREO A and B (Status: 2013)», Inkjet print, moor oak, 1280×1500 mm, 2013