PASSAGE OF THE RED QUEEN
electromagnetic coils, frequency converter, Hp motor, battery, pine wood, stainless and austenitic steel
Developed with the support of the City of Bergen and the Arts Council Norway, in cooperation with SEKO Elektroteknikk AS.
"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." – Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass
With reference to Nikola Tesla’s industrial discovery of rotating magnetic fields and his balancing copper egg that spins at tremendous speed in the device Egg of Columbus. Passage of the Red Queen delves in to the explanation that the Red Queen made to Alice of the nature of Looking-Glass land. A statement that later gave name to the hypothesis Red Queen's race, under the interpretation that organisms must constantly "run" or adapt, evolve and proliferate, in order to stay in the same place, or else go extinct.
Passage of the Red Queen consists of a steel egg that has expanded
into a self-supporting spherical shape. The magnetic source’s periodic shift of the power field, causes the sphere to move in a hesitant rotation, giving the impression of a cautious search around the platform on which it balances and reflects. The foundation in pine stands in contrast and leaves the viewer with an idea midway the organic and the industrial.