Simon Ingram: Radio Painting Station: Looking for the Waterhole

2017, Installation, Radioteleskop mit malender Maschine

2017, Installation, Radioteleskop mit malender Maschine
Documentary of artworks
25.12.2017 to 11.02.2018

In 2002, physicist Stephen Wolfram asserted that »our whole universe may be governed by a single underlying simple program.« [1] The complexity we experience in our life world, including us, is the result of a simple program, perhaps one or two lines, that has been running for a long time and for which we have not cracked the code. »Radio Painting Station: Looking for the Waterhole« [2] takes up this proposition and sets out to observe the cosmos above Karlsruhe at 24:00 hours and plot differences in a series of four compositions.

The subject of »Radio Painting Station: Looking for the Waterhole's« observations is the hydrogen line: the spectral emissions produced as neutral hydrogen atoms in the interstellar region undergo state transitions as they absorb energy. The work itself is a »mise-en-scène« where a radio telescope concentrates, filters, amplifies and digitizes these emissions [3] for a mechatronic system to codify as a series of paintings in a durational format from December 15, 2017 to January 14, 2018. The chosen concentric mode of visualization has an onomatopoeic relationship with its atomic referent, and allows, through comparison, a language of difference to emerge. 

Supported by Kamahi Electronics, ZKM | Karlsruhe, The University of Auckland and the Chartwell Trust.

Video Documentary:

ZKM | Videostudio

Camera: Frenz Jordt
Editing: Frenz Jordt
Interview: Jenny Starick