Tufted pieces, Ink on Paper, 56cm/78cm

Flat hemispheres installation maps in a series of phases the position of the Sun during the merger between the Milky Way and Andromeda. Based on a scenario envisaged by T. J. Cox et Avi Loeb, astrophysicists at the Harvard Smithsonian Centre, this installation is created as a journey within time and space that immerses the viewer in fugitive encounters with the concluding scenes of our galaxy.

light sensitive tactile maps showing the position of stellar particles during a probable collision between the Milky Way and Andromedal

Gallaxy collision map 1_in the light

Gallaxy collision map 1_in the dark

in Instance of Passage Solo Show, London, September 2011

Gallaxy collision map 3 _in the light

Gallaxy collision map 3 _in the dark

Carried by the expansion of the Universe, every single galaxy is speeding away from us. There is one notable exception: Andromeda galaxy is moving towards us at a rate of 120km/s. Billion years from now, our home galaxy and its nearest neighbour will begin the lengthy process of merging together. Their collision will drastically alter the structure of both galaxies and spawn into a new city of stars.

The installation is composed of a six ink drawings and three light interactive tufted maps. The interactivity of the textile surfaces was the research subject of an artist-in-residence at the Audax Textile Museum in Netherlands. I combined the use of photo-luminescent fibres to a semi-artisanal technique of carpet making: tufting. This technique implies to follow with a hand pistol the drawn lines on a canvas to blow loops of yarns within it. It results in refined and detailed patterns. It creates a depth of the surface, a materiality of the image and invites to immerse within it.

This association between astronomy and tufting was inspired by the principle of heterotopias. At the difference of a utopia, a heterotopia is capable of juxtaposing in a single real place, several spaces that are in themselves incompatible. In Other spaces (1967) Foucault sets in parallel the heterotopias of the first carpets and of the Persian garden. This garden was a sacred space conceived to draw together four parts representing the four realms of the world. Carpets were originally reproductions of gardens. “The garden is a rug onto which the whole world comes to enact its symbolic perfection, and the rug is a sort of garden that can move across space. The garden is the smallest parcel of the world and then it is the totality of the world”. “ As an address to the far destiny of our galaxy, this installation opens onto the infinite.

This project was realised during an artist in residence at the Textiel Lab of the Audax Textiel Museum in Tilburg, Netherlands.

FLAT HEMISPHERES 2011, Ink on Paper, 56cm/78cm

Galaxy as seen today

ollision Stage 1, First Passage, +1,8 billions yrs

Collision Stage 2, Post first passage, +2billions yrs

Collision Stage 3, Second passage, +3,5 billions yrs

Collision Stage 4, Post second passage, +4 billion yrs

Collision Stage 5, Post merge, + 4,5 billions yrs

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