HYDROGEN (RT03)
RT03 = Radiotelescope 2003
Franz Xaver
1993/2003

There is a correlation from electromagnetic waves to a static form. For example you can see this link of both components in an antenna. A correlation between an oscillating electromagnetic field and a static form, which is a multiple of the wavelength using the natural oscillation of a electric conductor, but not only antennas are in this correlation, any form is a result of a complex electromagnetic field.

In the artgarden Katzow at the Baltic Sea a radiotelescope-sculpture with a diameter of 30 meters was installed 1996. The current oscillating sculpture has a diameter of 3 meter. This radiotelescope-sculpture receives hydrogen emissions from the stars and galaxies. Hydrogen oscillates at 1420 Mhz. This signal was emanated tens of millions of years ago, and is presented acoustically to the listener of this sculpture. The sculpture is static and points straight at the sky and the earth is rotating.

The result of this is the signal. This signal from the past is authentically streamed by a internet computer. But the artwork is not the signal you are listening to, it is the natural oscillation of a electric conductor and all the components of the kinetic sculpture. This oscillating kinetic sculpture "hydrogen" (RT03), has only a surface which is sounding.
The visitors of the exhibition have to hear the signal from the past in a dark room, because the oscillating of the kinetic artwork is so fast that you can see it.

The project "hydrogen" (RT03) consists of repairing the three meter radiotelescope which was already in function in the years 1994-1997 and in 2001. The back fitting and upgrading of this telescope is based in the context of the current situation of the media and net art. The Internet against 10 million years history.

Franz Xaver (Kunstlabor, Austria) (b.1956) studied together with Peter Weibel in Vienna. Teaching assignments include computer languages, audio-visual productions, electronics and electrical engineering at the Academy of Applied Art (until 1992) and communication theory at Graz Technical University. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Austria and abroad, including Ars Electronica, Aperto Biennale di Venezia, Triennale di Milano, Bonn Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle. From 1995 to 2005 he did a lot of work with the label Kunstlabor. His current research interest is the discrepancy from Netart to Netculture.

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