New art for planetariums

The New Infinity. New art for planetariums

© Berliner Festspiele, Makusu Matsutake

Fulldome

The New Infinity Hamburg

New art for planetariums

With new works by Agnieszka Polska, Metahaven and Robert Lippok & Lucas Gutierrez as well as a live concert by Richard Reed Parry (Hamburg), the 2018 series “The New Infinity” enters its second year. The new work cycle celebrates its world premiere in cooperation with the International Summer Festival Kampnagel at the Planetarium Hamburg.

Agnieszka Polska: The Happiest Thought

More than 250 million years ago, at the transition of the Permian to the Triassic eras, the largest known mass extinction in the Earth’s history occurred and up to 90 percent of the planet’s life was annihilated. This disturbing natural phenomenon and its impact are at the centre of visual artist Agnieszka Polska’s first fulldome piece. Her visual essay “The Happiest Thought” revives the Earth’s destroyed biosphere in the most poetic of ways. Agnieszka Polska’s point of departure is the “happiest thought” of the physicist Albert Einstein, what he later called the fundamental thought that inspired him to formulate his general theory of relativity in 1915, which understands space and time as dynamic entities. Sung by the US-American performance artist Geo Wyeth, the text becomes part of a hypnotically enchanting séance.

Metahaven: Elektra

“Every person exists as both an ancestor and a successor.” In “Elektra”, Metahaven create a parable about the planetary dome in which the film will be projected. The dome’s semi-sphere enables a different kind of seeing, because the eye is met by tableaus to roam and dive into. This piece is Metahaven’s first work for a planetarium, and marks a cycle continuing themes from their previous films “Information Skies” and “Hometown”. “Elektra” is a visual essay on nodes and nets, a cinematic merger of animation and live action that reflects on childhood and the embodiment of the past in the present. With specially composed music by Kara-Lis Coverdale.

Robert Lippok & Lucas Gutierrez: Non-face

Non-manifold geometries describe “fake-objects” – items that may look realistic, but can in fact not exist in the physical world. They develop their sensual plausibility in the digital world. One famous example is the Penrose-triangle: Its three beams appear to be positioned at right angles to each other, and yet they are connected to form a triangle. In 3D-animation, such objects regularly surface through so-called mesh-mistakes. For their first joint Fulldome-piece, sound artist Robert Lippok and digital artist Lucas Gutierrez have identified these frequently occurring mistakes in their own artistic practice and develop data structures to explore these fantastic objects. Their work produces different dimensionalities and creates new topological relations. This might not determine the inside or the outside of these impossible objects, but it will render the sonic and visual boundaries of a three-dimensional space tangible. To this end, the composition uses simulated reflections in physical and virtual spaces. Various methods of traditional instrument building are used to transcribe the virtual geometries into musical patterns which, in turn, weave sequences of notes and real-time emulations of different sound sources into multi-layered textures.

A co-production with Planetarium Hamburg in cooperation with the International Summer Festival Kampnagel