The “Noise Signal Silence” kinetic sound installation is part of a new series, inspired by the methods and theories of radio astronomy, by its stories about interfering signals, little green men and possible multiple universes. It relates to real time observations of heavenly bodies in the area of radio frequencies and converts the tiny fluctuations of locally detected radio waves into movement and sound.
A simple mechanism, based on the properties of hub magnets at the end of a rod, is used to beat on a brass body. The multiplication of this delicate apparatus produces a small armada of finely balanced long slender arms, which mostly see-saw gently to and fro. A soft metallic murmuring rings out. As if in slow motion, a sudden jolt goes through the installation, defying gravity the arms reach out, straighten to full size, just to beat back against the sound body again with full force the next minute. The oscillations of the cosmos in performance, as an arhythmical, atonal and unending symphony.
Quadrature has been engaged for some years now with the methods of humans to investigate the cosmos. The universe serves the collective as an intangible but real space, which gives rise to both the elemental emotions in the human and the most advanced scientific theories. The surreal promises of radio astronomy have been ever-present since an artist’s residency at ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array), one of the biggest radio telescopes in the world, sitting 5,000 meters above sea level in Chile. The members of the Berliner Künstlerkollektiv have won several awards and scholarships for their artistic creativity, including recognition by the Prix Ars Electronica in 2015 and 2018, a scholarship from the Kunstfonds Bonn and the Akademie Schloss Solitude, as well as a fellowship from PODIUM Esslingen and the Hertz lab of the ZKM (Centre of Art and Media). Their work is shown around the world in festivals and exhibitions.
”The further art advances the closer it approaches science... and the further science advances the closer it approaches art.” Leonardo da Vinci
A production by 100 jahre bauhaus. Das Eröffnungsfestival, in cooperation with the Galerie Luisa Wang, Paris, and Quadrature.
Quadrature are artists of the #bebeethoven fellowship programme, a project by PODIUM Esslingen in celebration of the Beethoven anniversary in 2020, funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes.