The Andromeda Strain

Less faithful to the original text than Robert Wise’s 1971 film, the current version, whose executive producers include Tony and Ridley Scott, retains the essential elements of the plot: a government satellite on an intergalactic germ-related fact-finding mission crashes into a small town out West, emitting a deadly pathogen that kills everyone nearby save for an unhealthy older man and a baby whose survival is an epidemiological mystery. The military is called in to contain the disaster, and a team of high-status scientific researchers is assembled to determine the capacities of whatever is causing this plague and thus forestall the end of civilization.

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Cy Keener

Agulhas Drifter
Agulhas Drifter est un nouveau projet d’art médiatique passionnant qui présente les conditions des vagues en haute mer aux visiteurs de la galerie. En juin 2018, Sai Keener a lancé une bouée en verre soufflé personnalisée le long de la rivière Agulhas au large de Durban, en Afrique du Sud, et a créé un système lumineux et sonore immersif qui répond aux formes d’onde des satellites en temps quasi réel. La bouée enregistre le tangage, le roulis et l’accélération verticale des vagues, enregistre la température de surface de la mer et surveille les courants. Ces données sont transmises par satellite toutes les huit heures. L’installation de la galerie utilise les dernières données de mouvement des vagues en utilisant une sculpture cinétique pour projeter une ligne d’horizon changeante de lumière laser à travers la salle de la galerie afin de visualiser les conditions océaniques actuelles.

Riccardo Torresi, Maxime Lethelier, Asako Fujimoto

Satellarium II
Sun Outage is a degradation or temporary interruption of satellite signal caused by solar radiation. In these moments satellites occur to be in between the Sun and the Earth, producing with their shadows an invisible eclipse. Satellarium II shows these astronomical events through a variation of visuals and sounds in the room in which it is exhibited. The installation consists of a set up of multi channel surround speakers and graphics projected on a disk above the viewers, representing the fragment of the visible sky from the location of the artwork. Visuals and sounds are based on real time tracking of the satellites position and magnitude (brightness of a satellite as it appears in the night sky from Earth). The gradient on the background of the projection represents the sun and it is related to its real-time position in the sky.


Nel processo di creazione di Supraspectives, il duo di artisti Quadrature ha raccolto i dati di 590 satelliti spia (recenti e precedenti), la cui traiettoria segue l’installazione. Un terzo di loro può essere considerato spazzatura spaziale, poiché sono obsoleti o danneggiati, ma continuano comunque a sorvolare noi. L’installazione calcola in tempo reale i percorsi di tutti quei satelliti e ricostruisce speculativamente la vista che stanno catturando, offrendo immagini intervenute artisticamente di ciò che i satelliti potrebbero osservare. Vengono selezionati principalmente i satelliti che transitano nei pressi della sede espositiva, abbinati ad altre immagini satellitari particolarmente interessanti o suggestive. Inoltre, un’antenna motorizzata appositamente costruita sul tetto si collega in diretta con i satelliti che sorvolano Tabakalera, trasformando i loro veri segnali radio in suono. Ogni volta che l’installazione si collega con un satellite, lo schermo mostra i dati ad esso relativi, come paese di origine o anno di lancio.

Christian Babski, Stéphane Carion, Christophe Guignar & Patrick Keller

Satellite Daylight
Satellite Daylight is an interactive light installation formed by a trapeze of 24 high-voltage neon tubes tapering upwards, created by fabric | ch – a studio for architecture, interaction and research dedicated to investigating contemporary space based in Lausanne. The installation is connected to data collected in real time from online weather stations and meteorological satellite maps, which therefore translate actual global light conditions picked up by satellites orbiting the earth at the latitude of Basel into an endless loop of perceivable electrical intensity.


“The aesthetics of man-made objects in space, their appearance and especially their orbits are transformed into a minimal audiovisual performance, showing the poetic dance satellites and their trash perform while revolving around us. Seemingly chaotic paths mutate to amazing patterns of an almost organic nature—all of it due to pure physical necessity. When we started working with global satellite data, their information was based on a website maintained by the US Air Force. Yet after some time, based on information from the Union of Concerned Scientists, we discovered that some objects were missing. Fortunately the data on classified satellites is generated by enthusiastic amateur astronomers observing the night skies.” Quadrature


In the process of creating Supraspectives, the artist duo Quadrature has gathered the data of 590 (recent & former) spy satellites, whose trajectory the installation follows. A third of them can be considered space trash, as they are obsolete or damaged, but still, they continue overflying us. The installation calculates the paths of all those satellites in real time and speculatively reconstructs the view they are capturing, offering artistically intervened images of what the satellites could be observing. Mainly satellites passing near the exhibition venue are selected, combined with other specially interesting or suggestive satellite images. Additionally, a specifically built motorized antenna on the roof connects live with the satellites overflying Tabakalera, transforming their real radio signals into sound. Everytime the installation connects with a satellite, the screen shows the data relative to it, such as country of origin or year of launch.

Charlie Behrens

Algorithmic Architecture
This short film is intended to encourage a creative audience to seek out Kevin Slavin’s talk Those Algorithms Which Govern Our Lives. It employs an effect which takes place in Google Earth when its 3D street photography and 2D satellite imagery don’t register correctly. This glitch is applied as a metaphor for the way that our 21st century supercities are physically changing to suit the needs of computer algorithms rather than human employees.


Beyond Cassini
“BEYOND CASSINI” uses this narrative to celebrate the accomplishments of one of the most successful and beloved Satellites in space exploration history. As Cassini begins its final flight into Saturn’s upper atmosphere with a mission of disintegration, visuals flash back through time giving viewers highlights of this dying satellite’s life.


Positions of the Unknown
At the very beginning of space exploration the infrastructure to monitor the whole sky was not yet developed. So in order to find out whether foreign countries launched objects, the US government started to train citizens to observe and detect possible artificial satellites. Scattered over the allied world, these amateur scientists played a crucial part in keeping track of all men-made technology orbiting earth, until “Operation Moonwatch” was discontinued in 1975 […] “Positions of the Unknown” locates the current whereabouts of these mysterious objects by simply pointing at them as they revolve around Earth. Missing the legal proof, those unidentified artefacts remain entities of pure speculation, secret companions of us and our planet. Even so they have been sighted several times and their ubiquitous presence is therefore somehow validated, they linger in a state between existence and non-existence. Quadrature’s 52 small machines constantly follow their paths and serve as silent witnesses of the unknown.

David Bowen

The other side
This installation automatically creates a three-dimensional relief carving of the current cloud formations and ocean surface conditions on the opposite side of the earth from the location of the gallery space. Using satellite data from the Nasa Earth Observing Information System and the GPS coordinates of the gallery, the installation obtains a current image of an approximately six hundred square mile area on the opposite side of the earth from its location. Using custom software, the system converts this image into a relief model that is sent to an onsite CNC machine hanging upside down in the gallery space. The CNC machine carves the relief in pink foam with its upside-down orientation directly echoing the cloud and ocean topography on the opposite side of earth.

Steven Chilton Architects

“By 2020, it is predicted some 6000 satellites will be orbiting the earth. From climate monitoring to communications, satellites are functioning to open up new horizons for us all. Our proposal for the Dubai Expo UK Pavilion, SATELLITES, aims to articulate and celebrate Britain’s unique contribution to this remarkable milestone, demonstrating how imagination, innovation and collaboration can change and improve lives around the world.” Steven Chilton Architects


Web Chair
Web Chair è un omaggio al web e alla sua inestricabile rete, leggera e nel contempo salda e forte. La sedia è un progetto della designer Jun Hushimoto di Junio Design, è pensata interamente in acciaio inossidabile e contiene più di 2000 punti di saldatura. E’ stata presentata tempo fa al SaloneSatellite di Milano, ma è ancora così attuale e bella nella sua semplicità! Il suo punto di forza è proprio l’estrema leggerezza, la sua caratteristica la rende adatta ad un arredo moderno, ad un spazio ufficio o al contract ed è assolutamente perfetta per chi ama cambiare posizione agli oggetti all’interno della casa.


E.V. Day is a New York based installation artist and sculptor whose work explores themes of sexuality and humor while employing gravity-defying suspension techniques. She has described her work as “futurist abstract paintings in three dimensions.”

Antoine Catala


French born, New York-based artist Antoine Catala first began experimenting with digital artifacts in 2003, through a technique that intentionally causes compression errors in digital video, which often plague satellite television, streaming internet videos and other digital environments.

Richard Vijgen

The Architecture of Radio
In case you’ve ever wondered exactly what lies beyond the realm of the visible, Dutch designer Richard Vijgen has created a new app that is able to visually portray the network of radio waves that lies below the surface. The app was created as a part of Vijgen’s new ”The Architecture of Radio” exhibition at Germany’s ZKM, and combines technologies from GPS, OpenCellID, and NASA’s public satellite feeds to amalgamate a rendering of the data webs all around us. The app was intended to give a physical portrait of the very data waves that rule the modern day, according to Vijgen: “We cannot see the very thing that is defining our time, and that concerns me.” The designer went on to note “as technology is becoming more and more transparent, I think data visualization can help us to relate to things that are invisible, yet play an important role in our lives.”


Time dilation

Andrzej Dragan ist ein polnischer Fotograf mit einem hochgelobten Doktortitel in Quantenphysik. Wenn er seine beiden Leidenschaften vermischt, gibt er uns einen Physikkurs über Zeitdilatation. Die relativistische Gravitationstheorie besagt, dass die Krümmung der Raumzeit (aufgrund der Gravitation) die Zeit im Vergleich zu der außerhalb des Gravitationsfeldes gemessenen verlangsamt. Eine Uhr im Erdmittelpunkt bleibt hinter einer Uhr an der Erdoberfläche zurück. Am Ende des Videos werden die Auswirkungen der Schwerkraft auf das GPS erläutert. Zwischen der von den Satellitenuhren angezeigten Zeit und der des GPS auf der Erdoberfläche liegt ein Fortschritt von 38,7 µs pro Tag. Dieser Unterschied führt zu einem potenziellen Fehler von 11 km bei der Geolokalisierung. GPS-Berechnungen integrieren diesen Unterschied, um eine Position mit einer Genauigkeit von wenigen Metern zu bestimmen.


فيكتوريا فيسنا
Blue Morph von der Medienkünstlerin Victoria Vesna und dem Nanowissenschaftler James Gimzewski ist eine intuitive Installation, die nanoskalige Bilder und Töne aus der Metamorphose einer Raupe in einer Motte als Kulisse für die menschliche Schaffung von Flugapparaten verwendet. Der Schall wurde aufgezeichnet, indem die Bewegungen der Puppenoberfläche unter Verwendung der Rasterkraftmikroskopie (AFM) während der Umwandlung von einem Zustand in einen anderen ihrer Entwicklung gemessen wurden.Es ist wahr, dass wir uns vorstellen, dass Motten still und bunt sind. Sie erzeugen jedoch intensives und unhörbares Geräusch. Die für das menschliche Auge sichtbare Farbe ist kein Pigment, sondern eine optische Täuschung, die durch die genaue Anordnung des biologischen Materials auf der Oberfläche erzeugt wird und durch dieses Nanotrama die Strukturfarbe erzeugt.In der Installation werden nicht nur das Unhörbare hörbar und das Unsichtbare sichtbar gemacht, sondern auch Nachrichten über Fluggeräte von Männern projiziert, wie Flugzeugverspätungen, Unfälle, Bombenanschläge, Satellitenschüsseln, Raketenstart und UFO-Beobachtung. Die Arbeit entsteht in Geräuschen und Handlungen nur, wenn der Besucher still und still ist.So versuchen Künstler in Blue Morph, biologische Systeme als eine Mischung aus Schönheit und Eleganz der Natur als die lauten Maschinen und Systeme zu interpretieren, die vom Menschen hergestellt werden. Der Blick nach innen und außen sowie die Dekonstruktion unserer mechanistischen Sicht auf die Welt spiegeln sich in den nanophoton manipulierten Photonen wider, was an sich eine Metapher der nanotechnologischen Ära suggeriert.


The Color Project

MPC New York und ich wurden eingeladen, ein generatives Kunstwerk für den hochkarätigen Start des Media Centers beizusteuern. ‘The Color Project’ ist Teil eines fortlaufenden F & E-Konzepts, das von mir und MPC Digital entwickelt wurde. Das Startstück bleibt als eine von fünf permanenten Installationen im Zentrum zu sehen. Das Made in NY Media Center von IFP bringt Innovatoren aus verschiedenen Kreativbranchen und aus allen Regionen zusammen widmet sich der Definition und Förderung der Zukunft des digitalen Geschichtenerzählens. Der Raum befähigt Künstler, indem er sie mit Ressourcen und Publikum verbindet, um ihre Kunst weiterzuentwickeln. Das Farbprojekt konzentriert sich auf die Erforschung von Erzählungen anhand von Farben, Linien und Formen, die in geografischen Satellitenbildern zu finden sind. Diese Implementierung des Projekts hebt die Schauplätze vieler Filme hervor, die von IFP verfochten wurden. Die formalen Motive jedes Filmortes werden in Form eines Rasters von 162 Globen untersucht. In wunderschöner Synchronizität taucht jede Ansicht zuerst aus dem Weltraum auf und bleibt bei einer einzelnen Farbe in der Landschaft stehen, wodurch ein ortsspezifisches Mosaik entsteht. Das Stück springt von einem Ort zum nächsten und zeigt den Charakter von Bogotá, Kolumbien (Maria voller Anmut), Cleveland, New York City, Florida (Fremder als das Paradies), Vietnam und Virginia (Der gefährlichste Mann in Amerika: Daniel Ellsberg) und die Pentagon Papers), während sie gleichzeitig auf den Kontrast zwischen den Standorten aufmerksam machen. Das Stück verwendet Google Earth und eine benutzerdefinierte Software zeichnet programmgesteuert die geografischen Merkmale jedes Standorts auf, die auf einer beeindruckenden Wand aus 27 HD-Bildschirmen dargestellt werden.