The Aerographer maps the air to establish a subtle territory. The kinetic installation measures the airflow at different locations, and translates their differences to the mechanical motion of an array of nodes. The nodes travel on different axis shifting connected lines, thus unfolding a networked cartography of the air in constant adaptation and change.
The work explores the spatial anxieties of perceiving differences and establishing relative boundaries in times of ubiquitous technological mediation and accentuated societal uncertainties. It addresses the question: what is it like to live in airlike times, when everything is transparent, and no ground lingers? By intertwining a narrative of a system seeking to sustain a place inside of the clouds, the project speculates how the contemporary digital utopias of network and information may be shifting towards the turbulent tensions between materiality and boundaries, orientation and borders, place-making and transparency.
The installation explores the chaotic behavior of the air for unfolding an unstable tangible map of a fictitious territory, and deals spatially with the uncertainty that arises from a space of constantly shifting boundaries that react with the air.
Conceived to be mounted temporarily and through serendipity, the installation can adapt to different spaces and situations modularly. Each module contains a fixed center part, and one to three fixed probing parts. Each probing part works with a custom-made hot-wire anemometer, grasping constantly micro changes of temperature between itself and the center to measure airspeed. In between them, a node travels by converting the measured airspeed difference into mechanical linear motion, which shifts retractable bands that can be connected to other nodes. A map thus unfolds, from a tree-like structure of fixed parts, to a networked rhizomatic kinetic map of differential measurements.
An ongoing compilation with some of the project's exhibitions:
Year of production/release: 2016/2017.Developed at the University of the Arts Bremen (Digital Media Program).Conceptual support: Prof. Dennis Paul, Prof. Dr. Andrea Sick, Prof. Peter v. Maydell.
2018 Neural Magazine Issue Nb. 59"The Aerographer, spatial anxieties"2018, Alessandro Ludovico. Milan, IT
2016 Creative Applications NetworkCAN 2016 - "Highlights and Favourites”2016, Filip Visnjic. London, UK
2016 Creative Applications NetworkThe Aerographer – “Groundless air and a place inside the clouds”Filip Visnjic. London, UK
2016 Arduino.orgMakers: The AerographerMargarita Baxter. Boston, US
2016 Hackster.ioThe Aerographer Maps the Air to Raise Fragile GroundsJeremy S. Cook. San Francisco, US.
2016 ArshakeVideo post: The AerographerRome, IT.
2016 Adafruit BlogThe Aerographer: Arduino ProjectNew York, NY.
2017 Hochschulpreis Digitale Medien (First Prize)University of the Arts Bremen. Bremen, DE.
2018 (upcoming) Machines are not Alone (Device Art Triennial)Museum of Contemporary Art. Zagreb, HR.
2018 Ein Archiv von Hitze und Kälte (Kunstfest Weimar)"Wie das Bauhaus nach Weimar kam". ACC Galerie. Weimar, DE.
2018 Digital ProvocateurThe Wrong (biennale). Cidade das Artes. Rio de Janeiro, BR.
2017 LAB 30Kulturhaus Abraxas. Augsburg, DE.
2017 Prima MateriaFiber Festival. Looiersgracht 60. Amsterdam, NL.
2017 Media Campus INITEuropean Media Art Festival (EMAF). Osnabrück, DE.
2017 HochschultageUniversity of the Arts Bremen. Bremen, DE.
2017 Dark ScienceTransmediale/CTM Vorspiel. Spektrum Berlin. Berlin, DE.