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PASSAGE OF THE RED QUEEN

2016

Sound sculpture

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

From Nikola Tesla’s industrial discovery of rotating magnetic fields and his balancing copper egg spinning at tremendous speed in the 'Egg of Columbus'. Parallels are made to the conversation of The Red Queen and Alice in the book The Looking-Glass Land. Which later gave name to the hypothesis 'The Red Queen's Race', under the interpretation that organisms constantly must adapt, evolve and proliferate, in order to stay at the same place, or else they go extinct.

 

Passage of the Red Queen consists of a steel egg, expanded into a self-supporting spherical shape. The applied electromagnets' periodic shift of power fields attracts the steel, causing the sphere in a slow hesitant rotation on the platform.

 

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