WITHOUT A HERE THERE IS NO US.
Only Synchronicity. Maybe
WITHOUT A HERE THERE IS NO US.
Only Synchronicity. Maybe
Interactive installation with transparent projectionscreen (12,5m x 2,25m) around an aluminium tube frame bent as golden ration spiral, 3 HD projectors, 8 columns with speaker and sensor (Hardware & software Arduino, Matrox MaxMsp) The audience can walk in and around the installation, their movements trigger the sensors and construct image and sound.
The installation is the second part a trilolgy (Untied. Desire for Gravity), of our search for a contemporary presentation/experience of time and space, faithful to contemparary physics, and the implications for human interaction. First developed for Musem Night Antwerp 2017
Sound: David Jongen
Picture © Peter Accoustic
WITHOUT A HERE THERE IS NO US. Only Synchronicity. Maybe is an interactive multimedia installation, with surround audio and video projection.
The installation is part of our search for a presentation/experience of time and space, faithful to contemporary physics, and the implications for (human) being and the possibility of encounter, interaction, relations…
The installation is made up of a transparent projection screen, on a frame, a spiral according to the golden ratio (see image below). 3 joined projectors put together form one uninterrupted image. Along the line of the screen (golden ratio), there are 8 cylinders, with each one speaker and one sensor. The audience can walk in and round the installation, their movements trigger the sensors.
The video images show 2 bodies, floating in space, unrestrained by gravity, and diverse universes, in which geometrical structures, ‘new’ multi dimensional space-time patterns, form imaginary landscapes. The surround audio creates an unknown universe, in which several noise patterns vibrate and collide as sound-particles, where a dark unheimlichkheit is created, as well as an open landscape, which gives hope and oxygen.
Image and sound are being generated/manipulated by the position and movement of the audience (through motion detection and distance sensors). Various ‘spectators’ in the installation determine not only what they see and hear, but also what the others see and hear. This way, various ‘spectators’ construct together the various ‘possible worlds’, and are inherently interconnected.
Search for a contemporary presentation/experience of time and space and the implications for (human) being and the possibility of encounter, interaction, relations.
Nowadays, we still live (inevitably) with/out of concepts of space and time, indebted to Newtonian physics, with a mechanical, even quite deterministic world view. This strongly matches our ‘common sense’, or what has become ‘common sense’ through centuries.
In our everyday perception, time is a straight-lined, linear phenomenon, a line with an arrow that goes mainly in one direction, from past over present to future. We have information about the past, which we carry with us, on which we can rely on, we live in the present, now, and we project into the future. In this respect, we use, as it were, fixed units.
Although we are aware of the fact, that these are conventions (a minute contains 60 seconds), nevertheless, it seems like there exists a corresponding objective amount of time. Even though we do experience time now and then as something flexible, we still think/live with the assumption that there is an external objective reality. Likewise, we think that ‘one meter equals one meter’, apart from our perception of that meter. In a framework of time and space, events happen, structured in a chain of cause and effect, the world emerges through causal relations.
This still seems to be the world in which we live, in which we can act, in which we can encounter. It seems like we can meet each other in an objective framework of time and space, in a shared, a common here and now.
Relativity, quantum physics as well as psychoanalysis have destroyed this framework of time and space.
Einstein discovered that time and space are relative, dependent on the observer, without a corresponding objective reality. Time and space turn out not to be separate entities, but different dimensions of an elastic (!) whole, what Einstein calls space-time-continuum.
Quantum physics describe a world in which a particle can be in several places at the same time, and moves one place to another via all possible paths (by exploring the entire Universe simultaneously)
In psychoanalysis as well, a non deterministic, non linear, acausal conceptual framework has been developed: inter alia Synchronicity, developed by C. G. Jung. Also S. Freud uses an elastic, non lineair framework, for example the concept of Nachträchlichkeit, in which future events can have an impact on events in the past.
On the one hand, our knowledge of space and time (or spacetime), has been changed revolutionary. This knowledge has been consequently used in industry and science, and has a gigantic impact on our daily lives (from microwave to smartphone…).
On the other hand, we seem to continue to live in the ‘old’ worldview, with a linear time, independent of a three-dimensional space, in which events happen by causality. And we consider this the framework in which people actually meet, interact…As if we consciously choose to stay in Plato’s cave.
In this installation, we try to step out of this cave / invite the audience to step out.
Gravity versus cosmic desolation
The images show a man and a woman, floating in space/emptiness, not bound by gravity. The disappearance of gravity, also causes the physical interconnectedness to disappear. They float untied, without bonds. Without gravity means without grip, without footing, without reference framework. Being one in time and space has been made impossible, ‘here’ and ‘us’ seem to be unreachable. They are as it were doomed to a fundamental, cosmic, metaphysical desolation.
Relativity strengthens the notion of cosmic loneliness. If time and space (or better, spacetime) are relative, related to the individual observer, can we still experience a common here and now, can we still meet each other, can we merge, or are we doomed to a principal isolation? If gravity (force of attraction between two bodies) is a curvature of spacetime continuum, what does this mean for our physical relation with the earth and with each other? Will this give rise to an ultimate, overwhelming freedom, without ties (neither with the earth, nor with ourselves), without bonding?
Nevertheless, the man and woman obviously reveal a (physical and psychic) interconnectedness. They seem to be entangled, inherently connected, beyond time and space. The quantum entanglement challenges the cosmic desolation: two bodies, both imprisoned in their own spacetimecontinuum, but still intrinsically interconnected?
Possible states of a system
The sensors and all the different ways in which they are triggered (by the audience) form together the collection of the ‘possible states of a system’.
Uncertainty and probability
The random behavior of quantum particles, the uncertainty, probability is inherently present in the installation, one sensor gives an impuls to select random sound and image. From a collection of clips, each time the sensor is triggered, one of both the video and audio clips gets randomly selected. This clip merges with other images and sounds, triggered by other sensors.
Not only the sensors form together a unity, behaving in accordance with quantum rules. The audience, several observers together, behave like a quantum-wave: they are at several places at the same time. As image and sound are defined by the result of the position and movement of the audience, one can consider them as one system, one body, which is present at several places together, and interacts with itself.
Archetypical structure and ordening
The installation is made up of a transparent projection screen, on a frame, a spiral according to the golden ratio, it answers the mathematical law of ratio phi, its value is (1.6180339887). This ratio is omnipresent in the world of matter (nature) as in the world of the psyche as ordening principle. As archetypical ordening principle (which in itself transcends here and now, and plays a role in the whole universe), it gives structure and something to hold on to.
© Elize Rausch 2020.