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Out of this World
Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh (USA)

09.08 - 05.10.2008

07.09 - 25.11.2012

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Press release

Wood Street Galleries present new works by Jean-Pierre Aube, Maria Antelman, Vera-Maria Glahn, Marcus Wendt and Gail Whight in the exhibit Out of this world. The artists investigate macro and micro cosmologies in the form of an interactive installation, video installations and photography.

Artist and programmer, Jean-Pierre Aube holds an MFA from Université du Québec (Montreal). His work has consistently used recuperative technology and data acquisition systems to question nature. Since 2000, he has worked on capturing the sounds of the aurora borealis through the use of very low frequency receivers. His VLF.Natural Radio project is being presented as a flat screen video work.

The artist writes that VLF frequencies are almost unclouded by man-made telecommunication transmissions. However, as digital and wireless technologies evolve, the use of these frequencies for communication is overpowering the naturally produced waves of the Northern Lights (the bird like sounds beard here) and other climate-related signals. For example, Russian nuclear submarines and American military beacons use VLF frequencies to communicate. In this work, one can ear the regular rythm of a submarine sonar device in the higher frequencies. These man made signals override the natural phenomena active on the low frequencies spectrum. Eventually, VLF waves will be completely drowned out by the signals of various telecommunication systems.

Also being presented, the video installation Titan. The artist writes: In my video, the Huygens data (Huygens is the name of an European Space Agency drone send to crash on the surface of Titan) are parsed in a database and then organized into graphics. By using slit-scan technique, the speed of Huygens and density of the atmosphere are analyzed by my software which organizes the data and arranges it into charts. The title is a direct reference to a 2001: Space Odyssey scene, Jupiter, and Beyond the Infinite, also known as the Stargate Sequence. The scene was created by Douglas Trumbull. At the time, Trumbull was a graphic artist for the NASA. He adapted for cinema a technique named slit-scan used by photographers. Using long exposure time along with camera movement, the technique creates the illusion of movement.


Exhibition from July 11 through September 13, 2008. Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood Street above the T-Station in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District.


Out of this World, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2012. All Rights Reserved

Jean-Pierre Aube, Titan and beyound the infinite, 2007

Vera-Maria Glahn and Marcus Wendt present their interactive video installation, The Orbiter. The Orbiter takes possession of all the senses. It is a place for visitors to lie down and relax, watching the projection above them. With a small gesture, just pointing upwards, the visitor can insert new stars into orbit with unique visual and musical characteristics. The dream of reaching the stars is as old as mankind itself. The mathematics of planetary orbits, the perfection of natural geometrical forms fascinates and inspires scientists and artists alike. Even music principles such a tonality or phase displacement are based upon computational ideas and find corresponding equations in The Orbiter's structure. The music is played on a scale of concentric circles, visible in some of the scenes, with higher tones on the larger circles, bass notes on the smaller circles. The bigger you let a star grow before you pull back your hand to insert it into orbit, the louder it plays.

 Each version of The Orbiter features various scenes with different graphics, sounds and behavior. Some create an illusionary night sky, playing more melodic or ambient sounds. Others experiment with the possibilities of graphic abstraction and synthetizer type sounds.

Gail Wight's Blow Out takes us from the infinitesimal to the galactic. The smashed test tubes in this series of photographs offer a personal cosmology that mocks, challenges and reveres all at once, dovetailing artistic and scientific explorations. Though seemingly homogenous at first glance, close viewing of each work reveals microscopic variations that prompt us to dwell on the big questions. In grappling with human thought processes, Wight has tested and crossed many barriers.

Below, left : Vera-Maria Glahn & Marcus Wendt, Orbiter (screen shot)

Below, right : Gay Wight, Blow Out

Maria Antelman: In taH pah taHbe (2006, 4 min), a sequence of photographs brings the viewer to the empty and rusty remises of a Space Research Center. In between simulators, future tower controls, wind tunnels and hangars Hamlet's soliloqui taH pah taHbe or "to be or not to be" is recited in the artificial language Klingon.

Klingon was first conceived as a prop for the fictional Star Trek universe and soon developed into "the fatest growing language of the galaxy". When Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI said "You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have heard him in the original Klingon", he created food for thought. Who is Shakespeare, a human or a Klingon, and who is the author of the fiction surrounding the fiction? Here sci-fi mythologies acquire flesh and bone and create a tragic-comical maze where fantasy becomes more and more real, invading and ultimately taking over reality. The Klingon Khamlet was published by the Klingon Language Instituten as a result of the project of restitution of the Shakespeare Klingon.

Maria Antelman, taH pah taHbe, 2006. All images are C-prints, size 35x50 inches, courtesy of The Apartment, Athens, Greece