Zero Gravity Portal
LED lights, blue felt, aluminum
400 x 266 cm (157 1/2 x 104 3/4 in)
The works of the Night Sky series are complex LED pieces that can be hung on the wall or ceiling and that convey an animated image of the night sky. The blue background of the work is filled with numerous programmed LED lights, placed according to the pattern of a galaxy or constellation. Gently flickering, the points of light simulate the changing starry night scape. Night Sky works are prepared using a program that maps the positions of the stars visible from the earth in a 3D virtual model of the universe.
The title of the work combines references to the artist's solo presentation at Esther Schipper. "Zero Gravity" refers to Audio Visual Mineral, a digital animation that depicted the works in the exhibition, some floating weightlessly. "Portal" draws on the work's original concept of leading into virtual space.
The body of work includes large-scale site-specific installations. One of the most spectacular versions, Firmamental Night Sky: Oculus 12, was conceived in 2008 for the group exhibition theanyspacewhatever at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Large installation versions of the Night Sky works were also shown at the Münster Cathedral, Basel in 2010, and in Angela Bulloch's solo exhibition The Space that Time Forgot at the Städtische Galerie Lenbachhaus, Munich in 2008.