Our Common Future Under Climate Change

International Scientific Conference 7-10 JULY 2015 Paris, France




Organizers : LadHyX, CNRS-Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, Zone2Source, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date : from June 1st to July 15th
Location : Zone2Source, Glazen Huis, Amstelpark Amsterdam
Expected number of participants : more than 250
Nature of participants :  visitors, curators, general public
Keywords :Art & science exhibition, aquaplanet


Aquaplanet, an exhibition running from May 31 to august 23 from the work of the artist group Labofactory (J.-M. Chomaz, L. Karst, F.-E. Canfrault) shows the 2012 instalation Fluxus and two new works 2080 and Red Shift in which phenomena from natural science are visualized to experience a primordial Earth.

Aquaplanet is a scientific abstractions, a planet fully covered of water without continent, just the waves and wind, a fiction to query the roaring round of the atmosphere and ocean, a world of complexity in silicone imagination of our machines.

The exhibition Aquaplanet is a manifesto, a territory of invention sensitive, familiar and strange. It is ran by the storms of installation Fluxus that transforms Amstelpark into a ship breaking through the gravitational waves of the glasshouse. It tells us of the fragility of the atmosphere by the installation and performance 2080, where the oxygen of the air becomes tangible. In the Red shift installation, our shadows that the expansion of the universe shifts to red, waive the light flat tints. Black cut surfaces, they claim the four dimensions proudly placed between the sun and its prey. They float in space like shredded sky torn of the stars. The installation Red shift allows our senses to perceive the race of our planet through the expansion of space-time, the dark matter of miles blowing the solar wind. It fancies the blowing sound of an atmosphere pierced by the shadows of anthropic creations print.

Statement of intent and description of Fluxus installation:

The installation with three meta-machines, Fluxus defines a new space, an Aquaplanet where the viewer retrieves the abstraction; an ocean of storms or calms, a primordial Earth before the Pangea whose fine water writing of DNA retained the echo. Fluxus consists of 3 transparent tanks, 3 meters long, 10 cm wide, 60 cm high, half filled with water. When hit, the surface of the water, stretched by gravity, oscillates. As with the string of a guitar or the skin of a drum, this oscillation will correspond to a series of notes each related to an integer number of waves in the tank. The meta-machines of Fluxus then become soft drums sounding on frequency of 1.71Hz and 1.31Hz. These frequencies are infrasound–inaudible to humans but visible by the movement of the waves. Musical composition considers Fluxus meta-machines as musical instruments playing their infra notes. The whole creates a soundscape both audible and visual, familiar and strange where gravity seems reversed, the air heavy with light and cloud, the surface of the water taking a metallic aspect stretched between two lines of light and lighting up when waves crash or break, producing ephemeral and chimerical figures, nonlinear and chaotic.

Statement of intent and description of the installation Red Shift

Red Shift is a purely analog augmented reality installation. By an optical process without any recourse to digital artefacts, it allows viewers to move in a space where the shadows abstract from the surfaces on which they are cast and appear as three-dimensional ghosts as if a fold in the universe had mixed objects and their negative imprints. These suspended planar forms move with the light source. For this installation at Amstelpark, fans, vestige of our mechanical civilization, become armillary spheres to reinvent the universe and blow their solar wind to sweep ghosts of the living and anthropic illusions.

Statement of intent and description of the installation 2080

The 2080 instalation, is based on the observation that, if the whole atmosphere was liquefied, then the planet would be covered with a layer of 2080mm liquid oxygen, the size of a human. Since the oxygen diffuses more the blue light than the red, viewed in transmission white light becomes orange the sunset colour, a blue laser line 2080mm above the ground will encircle the entire Glass House and expend over the trees and all around and the public will be invited to continue the line so that 2080 becomes the materialization of the atmosphere fragility and sensitivity to local or global pollution. During the opening, liquid nitrogen filled copper retorts will condense fine oxygen droplet from thin air. One oxygen droplet from this thread will be distributed to each guest who wishes. Oxygen will be identified and manipulated through its ferromagnetic properties. The drops will be distributed to the audience using a magnetic fountain.

More information

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