The Aerographer maps the air to raise fragile grounds. The installation measures the airflow at different locations, and translates their difference to the kinetic motion of an array of nodes. The nodes travel on different axis shifting connected lines, thus unfolding a networked topography of the air in constant change.The work speculates on the gaseous state of matter as Zeitgeist, and explores the spatial anxieties of perceiving differences and establishing boundaries in times of accentuated uncertainty and ubiquitous technological mediation. What is it like to live in airlike times, when everything is transparent, and no ground lingers?
The installation reacts to subtle changes of airflow within a room. Conceived to be mounted temporarily and through serendipity, it 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 as a 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 kinetic map of differential measurements in motion.
The Aerographer is both a system and an individual, trapped on groundless air, seeking to sustain a place inside of the clouds. The project investigates how the contemporary digital utopias of network and information are shifting towards the turbulent tensions between materiality and boundaries, orientation and borders, homogeneity and transparency. The Aerographer explores the chaotic behaviour of the air for unfolding an unstable tangible map of a place, and deals spatially with the uncertainty that arises from a space of constantly shifting bounds.
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 (1st place)University of the Arts Bremen. Bremen, DE.
2017 Fiber Festival"Prima Materia" group exhibition. Amsterdam, NL.
2017 European Media Art Festival (EMAF)“INIT” group exhibition. Osnabrück, DE.
2017 HochschultageGroup exhibition. University of the Arts Bremen. Bremen, DE.
2017 Transmediale/CTM Vorspiel“Dark Science” group exhibition. Spektrum Berlin. Berlin, DE.