The Object of this Slight Acceleration

2013

A six week research residency (2012) followed by an installation (June - September 2013) at IZOLYATSIA, Donetsk, Ukraine.

A 28 minute digital animation shown on an analogue T.V, a steel sculpture, and an embroidered badge comprised the installation.

Borrowing the methodologies of 'Turborealism' - an obscure and disputed genre of 90's Russian Sci-Fi literature - the work explores a speculative conjuction between the unfettered idealism of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky's work of fiction 'Beyond the Planet Earth' (published 1920), Soviet Cosmism, the lust for extraterrestrial colonisation, and the contemporary drive to resolve an impending world protein crisis by manipulating the growth cycle of the gregarious Desert Locust.

Courtesy of IZOLYATSIA - Platform for Cultural Initiatives.

The film element of the work has two chapters, the first comprises footage of Desert Locust specimens in gregarious phase undertaking mating procedures. Three 'characters' are identified by animated number tags that follow them around the confines of a glass capsule. Two male locusts make repeated unsuccessful attempts to mate with an unwilling female.
The film element of the work has two chapters, the first comprises footage of Desert Locust specimens in gregarious phase undertaking mating procedures. Three 'characters' are identified by animated number tags that follow them around the confines of a glass capsule. Two male locusts make repeated unsuccessful attempts to mate with an unwilling female.

The second chapter of the film comprises 3D digitally animated footage of several space vehicles and space stations. These simply rendered objects floating above an 8 bit green grid planet are modelled on existing playground architecture found in a cosmically themed children's playground dating from the mid 1980's in Donetsk.
The second chapter of the film comprises 3D digitally animated footage of several space vehicles and space stations. These simply rendered objects floating above an 8 bit green grid planet are modelled on existing playground architecture found in a cosmically themed children's playground dating from the mid 1980's in Donetsk.

'The Acceleration of the Slightest Object', welded steel, 150cm x 90cm x 45cm. A centrifuge designed to test g-forces and effects of acceleration on Desert Locust specimens. Inspired by Tsiolkovsky's early experiments on chicks using a similar device in his makeshift laboratory in rural Russia. The gimballed plexiglass capsule at the front of the device contains locust frass and other locust remains.
'The Acceleration of the Slightest Object', welded steel, 150cm x 90cm x 45cm. A centrifuge designed to test g-forces and effects of acceleration on Desert Locust specimens. Inspired by Tsiolkovsky's early experiments on chicks using a similar device in his makeshift laboratory in rural Russia. The gimballed plexiglass capsule at the front of the device contains locust frass and other locust remains.

'Space Badge', machine embroidery, 8.5 x 6.5 cm, edition of 12. Imitating the type of badge worn on cosmonaut uniforms to commemorate a particular space mission, in this case the image shows a locust  in orbit. The acronyms PESTra and  FIS-ERG stand for Planetary Exit Strategy, and Farms in Space - Entomaphagy Research Group.
'Space Badge', machine embroidery, 8.5 x 6.5 cm, edition of 12. Imitating the type of badge worn on cosmonaut uniforms to commemorate a particular space mission, in this case the image shows a locust in orbit. The acronyms PESTra and FIS-ERG stand for Planetary Exit Strategy, and Farms in Space - Entomaphagy Research Group.

The video was shown on an old Soviet era T.V. set placed on a classic piece of Soviet furniture found in an Khrushchev era apartment block. The T.V. set and furniture were positioned on a section of varnished parquet flooring protruding from the corner of the space. The parquet dates from 1980 and was found unused in a storage facility on the territory of the insulation factory.
The video was shown on an old Soviet era T.V. set placed on a classic piece of Soviet furniture found in an Khrushchev era apartment block. The T.V. set and furniture were positioned on a section of varnished parquet flooring protruding from the corner of the space. The parquet dates from 1980 and was found unused in a storage facility on the territory of the insulation factory.




This sequence shows the view looking down the length of a rocket as it launches from the surface of the green grid planet and enters a shallow orbit. The geometry of the planet and rocket are to proportionally to scale - the ratio between the size of the rocket and planet in the 3D virtual space accurately emulates the correct acceleration, velocity and manoeuvres of a U.S. Delta II rocket launch found on Youtube.
This sequence shows the view looking down the length of a rocket as it launches from the surface of the green grid planet and enters a shallow orbit. The geometry of the planet and rocket are to proportionally to scale - the ratio between the size of the rocket and planet in the 3D virtual space accurately emulates the correct acceleration, velocity and manoeuvres of a U.S. Delta II rocket launch found on Youtube.

In the second chapter of the film, each object is viewed from the position of another object, bringing a sense of realism contrary to most digitally animated cosmic scenes found in hollywood film production where the virtual 'camera' is often floating in space.
The green grid planet continually revolves at a speed of 1600km/ph, while the space stations track in their virtual orbits at 4000km per hour, 165km above the globe.
In the second chapter of the film, each object is viewed from the position of another object, bringing a sense of realism contrary to most digitally animated cosmic scenes found in hollywood film production where the virtual 'camera' is often floating in space. The green grid planet continually revolves at a speed of 1600km/ph, while the space stations track in their virtual orbits at 4000km per hour, 165km above the globe.