Passage of the Red Queen
2015
Electromagnetic coils, frequency converter, Hp motor, battery, pine wood, stainless/austenitic steel

"Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else - if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing." "A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

Passage of the Red Queen delves in to the dialogue between Alice and the Red Queen in the novel Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, by Lewis Carroll. The situation where Alice ran but yet remained in the same place, also gave its name to the Red Queen hypothesis, a theory that describes the evolutionary race that occurs between opposing species. The work plays on Nikola Tesla’s industrial discovery of rotating magnetic fields and his device Egg of Columbus. Replacing the balancing copper egg that needs to spin at tremendous speed, with a steel egg that has expanded into a self-supporting spherical shape. The magnetic source’s periodic shift of the power field, causes the ball to move in an almost hesitant slow rotation, giving the impression of a cautious search around the steel plate on which it balances and reflects. The pedestal of pine stands in contrast and leaves the viewer with an impression midway between the organic and the industrial.

Passage of the Red Queen was made possible through the support of Bergen Kommune and The Arts Council Norway in cooperation with SEKO Elektroteknikk and Jørgen Dahlstrøm.

110x100x100cm, steel sphere 50cm ø

110x100x100cm, steel sphere 50cm ø

110x100x100cm, steel sphere 50cm ø