Modelluniversum, 2007
Light- and sound installation, 11 min
during the exhibition and research project „The Domain of the Great Bear“, kunstraum muenchen
fiber glass, LEDs, controller, wood, loudspeaker, CD

The 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 nothing!“

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>Script Modelluniversum as doc

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 talk.
Is it any better world than it used to be? I rebel against this progress. What has this progress this world civilization done with?
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 late!

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?

Beate Engl

Beate Engl