Exhibition: Radii, Galleri 54, Gothenburg, Sweden




Exhibition: Studio 17, Stavanger, Norway






 

Antiplanet, 2017

Until commercial spaceflight becomes available, there are a few different things you can do. Most involve exceptionally long periods of time, so it’s best to set up your current surroundings, and you’ll adapt to the angle and motion naturally as you go about your day. I’ve gathered some things and gotten started: a toothbrush, a shoe, a lamp and a plant, laundry soap and a clean towel, a computer and coffee press, some fruit, a candle, dish sponge, orange juice, a carton of eggs, and a change of clothes.

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Antiplanet is an installation of household objects that have been recalibrated. Using the same equipment and techniques that are used for guiding telescopes, the nineteen kinetic sculptures have been aligned with the axis of the planet, and rotate at the same speed—but in the opposite direction. To align the objects with the axis of the planet, the angle of the telescope mounts are set to the latitude of Oslo, 59.9º, and are turned to face true north. The small motors attached to the mounts then rotate the axis to make one revolution every 23 hours 56 minutes and 4.1 seconds (known as a sidereal day), matching the rotational speed of Earth. The rotation, however, needs to be in the opposite direction in order to stay in alignment with the celestial sphere—just like a telescope tracking a star.


Supported by Arts Council Norway (Kulturrådet) and Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond (NBK).