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"Nazca" - a light installation during
"Salon Europe" in Cordoba, Spain, October 2000
On August 14, 1794 the first dispatch sent by visual telegraph was transmitted. In order to do this a series of tower-high constructions each comprising of 3 moveable “wings“ had been built upon highly-visible locations selected according to their topography. A message could thereby traverse a distance of 230 kilomstres in a matter of about 8 hours.
At the beginning of the 19th century carrier pigeons were the fastest way to send messages. Today they have become a source of genereteddata when they soar past hobby breeders’ stopwatches during races.
Electro-magnetic waves are being
used as a lightspeed transport medium to bring me tidings over the radio
successful breeder of carrier pigeons (Friedrich Jappe). It was through him that I came across the information involving race number 31 from Gerwlsch to Potsdam which took place on August 14, 1999. With the aid of special software* I have turned the race’s numerical data into a continuous line, a trail. That is how the graphic designs “paloma3“ and “palorma4’ came into being.
I am projecting these illustrations originating from the flight of carrier pigeons into the surface of the Earth like “landing strip markings“ along a flight route used by birds. In this way the mysterious markings on the desert surface of Nazca/Peru shed their fantastic light upon European soil.
HAEL YXXS, 14. 8. 2000
* MPW-Software by JVSchmidt
paloma3: race’s numerical data
paloma4: the pigeons velocity
landing strip markings on saxon soil
light projection on a house in the hills near Cordoba
light projection on trees in the hills near Cordoba
7. 11. 2298 n. Arc.