Sterngucker  - intermedia installation, Judenburg (AUT), 2011




-> more


























An audiovisual exploration of the solar system

Planetarium Judenburg, Austria; May 2nd, 2011 (premiere)

Bernhard Gál‘s intermedia art project Sterngucker makes use of the technical and spatial possibilities of a modern planetarium, in order to present an artistic interpretation of astronomic phenomena. The planetarium is turned into an intense perceptual space for eyes and ears, offering a synaesthetic exploration of the 'starry sky above'.

The conceptual background of the installation lies in the sonification of certain astronomic properties (orbital speeds, rotation periods, mass proportions) of celestial bodies in our solar system. The collected data serve as a basis for Gál’s audiovisual composition.

Sagittarius A* is an enormous black hole located in the center of our galaxy, and the starting point of our journey. From there, we head towards our solar system, where we pay visits to all planets, and some of their moons. In doing so, the possibilities of a digital fulldome projection are tested out by artistic criteria – resulting in unusual perspectives, extreme rotational speeds and close-ups which most likely won’t have a place in traditional planetarium shows. Astronomic peculiarities are interpreted acoustically and visually, outlooks from the respective celestial bodies onto the ever-changing starry sky reveal the limitations of our own earthly perspective. Finally, we reach the ultimate destination of our voyage, and leave the virtual starship on unsteady feet.

Fulldome Video Production: Belma Beslic-Gal

Thanks to: ESA, NASA, Planetarium Judenburg (Didi Kles), Planetarium Wien (Harry Halas), Stadt Judenburg - Kulturamt
Special thanks to: Belma Beslic-Gal, Hannes Fally, Jakob Schindegger

Produced by Stadt Judenburg.
Supported by BMUKK - Kunstsektion, Austria.

Past presentations:
Festival Sláturtíð, Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús, Reykjavík, Iceland, October 2nd, 2011
Festival Liquid Music, Judenburg, Austria, June 30th - July 2nd, 2011

Planetarium Judenburg, Austria; May 2011 (premiere)


Slideshow (stills)
Images from premiere in Judenburg
Video excerpts (youtube)


























































































































[ Sterngucker at Planetarium Judenburg, Austria, May 2011 ]