Near real time reflections
Collaboration with Eva la Cour, 2020
 
 
On a small hill in Qeqertarsuaq, a magnetic observatory has registered disturbances in the magnetic force of the earth since 1926 – disturbances caused by solar storms and visualised in the Northern hemisphere as northern lights (also called Aurora Borealis).
The procedure of registration is carried out by networked instruments situated at particular sites all around the globe. In Qeqertarsuaq the today automized and digitized instruments are mounted in a wooden four wing-structured building, resembling a compass if seen from above. However, the instruments still require manual calibration. Every Wednesday Dina, a local of Qeqertarsuaq, assures the calibration by looking through a theodolite pointing towards a rock-formation in the horizon or a chimney in the village.

In the work Near real-time reflections particular data registered at the magnetic observatory in Qeqertarsuaq, is used to give the installation a life of its own. A mirror moves and reflects a projected image according to DTU Space’s ongoing live-stream of variations in the horizontal force, as calculated on the basis of registered magnetic disturbances in Qeqertarsuaq – and this is the reason why, the image at times is projected out of focus and out of frame. The 16mm film itself reflects the two artist’s own recordings inside the observatory, as well as in surrounding landscapes. Hereby the artists address not only how scientific observatories map a historical space of European coloniality, but also a significant instrument and (their own) situated position in the context of this space – namely the camera and the observer.
 
 
A collaboration with DTU Space, running the globally networked magnetic observatory in Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland.

16mm film, 5 min 50sec
Real-time data (H-component) from DTU Space / the magnetic observatory in Qeqertarsuaq (GDH), Greenland
Eletro galvanised steel plate, steel poles, magnets
LCD screen, Raspberry Pi, step motor, mirror, steel tubes
Projektor, mirror, looper, porous concrete, steel tubes, marble
Video, 8min 15sek, vertical HD screen, steel tube
 
 
Installation views: Arctic Stations / Møstings Hus / 29/2 - 19/4 2020
Photo: David Stjernholm