Just because the sky turned from grey into blue

neural networks, video projection, plexiglass
sound design: Nathan Solo

Data from the NASA archive were fed into a neural network algorithm, which generated a series of images that become mixed with the original input data, and the calculation in between the particular images became a video output that mimics the night sky.

According to the astronomers, 99% of the European Union population live in areas with light pollution and therefore are unable to see properly celestial objects. Before artificial lighting was invented, the night sky was used for navigation, there were stories and myths about the constellations and their meaning. Yet in the 21st century, we’re more likely to see pictures from NASA than see the night sky with our own eyes. Does the approximation of pixels become the destiny of humans?


We are looking at the same sky, but we’re seeing radically different things.

The butterfly effect

3D print of an enlarged moth brain and neuron connections, upcycled computer display, light source

Outdoor artificial lighting is one of the driving forces of an insect and moth decline. According to scientific studies about 1/3 of insects swirling around artificial lighting dies by morning (fall prey or exhaustion). Moths and other nocturnal insects are disappearing because of their fatal attraction to light. (They were supposed to navigate through stars)

Installation is a part of an exhibition about the negative aspects of light pollution at Gallery Hraničář.





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Signal Festival of Lights 2018, Prague, CZ
cages, incandescent light bulbs, 8 channel sound

sound design: Robert Lippok
technical sketch: Filip Mirbauer
production: Vojtech Loskot
technical support: David Fernandez

The name of the projects paraphrases the code labeling of eggs from battery cage breeding. The objective of the installation is to bring awareness of the life of laying hens.
In some cages were hidden facts from industrial farming:

The hens live their whole life on a surface which is not much bigger than an A4-sized sheet of paper.

Factory farms often use light intensity to influence the animals behavior and biorhythm.

There are more chickens in the world than there are any other species of bird: more than 20 billion of them are reared annually for food.

Battery cages are the least respectful form of housing hens.

Factory farmed animals never get out to fresh air, nor do they ever see the Sun in their entire lives.

Made as a supporting installation for a campaign of non-profit organization Obraz-Obranci zvirat.
www.obrancizvirat.cz

Close (Known) Distant Worlds

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14. 10.–13. 11. 2016 / solo exhibition
Special 360 degree projection for NoD Video Gallery anniversary, Prague
curator: Veronika Zajačiková
exhibition here

4.11. 2016 / audiovisual performance with Vida Vojic (SWE), Spektrum, Berlin
performance here

installation / self-made visual machine, various liquids, light transmitting materials, ink, brushes / dimensions variable

These macro and microscopic visuals are a result of continuous investigation of pure materiality and what they could possibly tell us about how this universe was made. With the use of various common materials, these abstract organically structures collages emerge.

In daily life, one tends to disregard seemingly ordinary moments of passing natural elements, but when sculpted and captured in time, observation of these structures, might lead us into philosophies such as wabi-sabi which represents Japanese aesthetics and world view. Sometimes described as one of beauty that is ‘imperfect, impermanent and incomplete’. Understanding emptiness and imperfection was honoured as tantamount to the first step to satori, enlightenment. The idea is, that being surrounded by natural, changing, unique objects helps us connect to our real world. In one sense wabi-sabi is a training whereby one might find basic, natural objects interesting, fascinating and beautiful. Wabi-sabi can change our perception of the world to the extent that a chip or crack in a vase makes it more interesting and gives the object greater meditative value.

« To see a world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. »
– William Blake

http://nod.roxy.cz/cs

Schrödinger’s cat

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video of audio set up { heart beat } here: https://vimeo.com/172349786

installation / cat skull, various light sources, black velvet, speakers 

Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment, sometimes described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. The scenario presents a cat that may be simultaneously both alive and dead, a state known as a quantum superposition, as a result of being linked to a random subatomic event that may or may not occur. 

The work is Memento mori which has been an important part of ascetic disciplines as a means of perfecting the character by cultivating detachment and other virtues, and by turning the attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife.

We can see a part of a dead cat, to which a new life is given with light sources – fluorescent tubes ad LEDs, and illusion of a life beat with speaker turning themselves on/off.