The Aerographer maps the air to establish a subtle territory. The kinetic installation measures the airflow at different locations, and translates their differences to the mechanical motion of an array of nodes. The nodes travel on different axes of shifting connected lines, thus unfolding a networked cartography of the air in constant adaptation and change. The installation explores the chaotic behavior of the air in unfolding an unstable tangible map of a fictitious territory, and deals spatially with the uncertainty that arises from a space of constantly shifting boundaries that react with the air.
The work explores the spatial anxieties deriving from the perception of differences and the establishment of relative boundaries at times of ubiquitous technological mediation and accentuated societal uncertainties. It addresses the question: what is it like to live in airlike times, when everything is transparent, and no ground lingers? By intertwining a narrative of a system seeking to sustain a place inside of the clouds, the project speculates about how the contemporary digital utopias of network and information may be shifting towards the turbulent tensions between materiality and boundaries, orientation and borders, place-making and transparency.
Conceived to be mounted temporarily and through serendipity, the installation can adapt to different spaces and situations modularly. Each module contains a fixed center part, and one to three fixed probing parts. Each probing part works with a custom-made hot-wire anemometer, constantly grasping the micro changes of temperature between itself and the center to measure airspeed. In between them, a node travels by converting the measured airspeed difference into mechanical linear motion, which shifts retractable bands that can be connected to other nodes. A map thus unfolds, from a tree-like structure of fixed parts, to a networked rhizomatic kinetic map of differential measurements.
Developed during the Masters Studies in Digital Media at the University of the Arts Bremen.