installation is simulating the view into a starry sky out
of a fictitious window. The Domain of the Great Bear is reconstructed
as a model out of LEDs and fiber glass, similar to the traditional
diorama displays in science museums. The whole room is filled
with a very deep vibrating bass sound. Text and sound samples
from the film „Things to come“ (William Cameron
Menzies, 1936) are added as a second sound layer showing the
conflict between the the artist and the scientists: The artist
- in the film a conservative position - is agitating the masses
to rebel against the progress while the scientist although
sometimes having objections are driven by a future vision
dominated on technical progress: „All the universe or
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Quotes from the movie “Things to come”,1936,
Regie: William Cameron Menzies, Drehbuch: H.G. Wells
“I’m a master craftsman I have the right to
Is it any better world than it used to be? I rebel against
this progress. What has this progress this world civilization
What is this progress? What is the good of all this progress
on ward and onward? We demand a halt, we demand a rest. The
object of life is happy living. We will not have human life
sacrificed to experiment. Progress is not living. It can only
be the preparation for living.
Is man never to rest, Never to be free? A time will come when
you in your turn will be forced away to take your chance upon
strange planets and in dreary and abominable places beyond
the stars. An end to progress. Make an end to this progress
now. Let this be the last day of the scientific age.
Suppose someone cried HALT! Stop this progress! Suppose I
shouted to the world: Make an end to this progress!
If I shout arise! Awake! Stop this progress before it is too
“Oh god, is there never to be any age of happiness?
Is there never to be any rest?”
“Rest enough for the individual man. Too much of it
and too soon, and we call it death. But for MAN no rest and
no ending. He must go on--conquest beyond conquest. First,
this little planet and its winds and ways, and all the laws
of mind and matter that restrain him. Then the planets about
him, and at last out across immensity to the stars. And when
he has conquered all the deeps of space and all the mysteries
of time--still he will be beginning.”
“But we are such little creatures.“
“It is this--or that. All the universe--or nothingness....
Which shall it be? “Which shall it be?