The Creative Apocalypse – 21-12-2012
@ Platoon Berlin / creative.arte.tv
Cosmic Dust – video projection
I have contributed in this big trans-media-happening to save the world with the Cosmic Dust Project.
The end of a cycle that lasts 26,000 years requires a critical reflection on the organization of our society, our collective behavior, the use of energy’s resources. The continuous research for solutions that are compatible with sustainable development has led some brave researchers to analyze a mysterious set of data collected on board of the most recent space missions.
Cosmic dust transports information about the composition of distant worlds over space and time. The matter can lie in our planetary neighborhood or far away, like our galactic environment. The classical way is to analyze radiation coming from the observed astronomical objects, but the dust instruments (so-called dust telescopes) get in physical contact with the alien material. When flown on a spacecraft, the dust telescope enables us to “touch” interstellar matter, moons, or the atmospheres of foreign worlds. Cosmic dust is a special component in space. It comprises particles that range from larger molecules with some thousands of atoms to small solid grains up to 10 micrometer in size. Cosmic dust links the microscopic world of atoms with the macroscopic world we sense around us.
There are exciting new results in cosmic dust research from Cassini, Stardust, Spitzer, Herschel, Stereo, as well as other missions. Even if it is of special emphasis the cosmochemistry and compositional analysis of dust, also in view of upcoming space missions, here is presented a selection of stardust observational results that reveals unexpected beautiful complexity.
The astronauts who first aboard the space station looking at the monitor of the dust telescope reported that “Often we feel relaxed and energized as if we had just come out of a meditation. The data visualization is somewhat astounding, Including visual sensations That complex multilayered geometry of patterns are moving in a rhythmic pulse. ”
Waiting for the results of the analysis that supercomputers will make this huge amount of structured data, perhaps forever revolutionizing our conceptions of the universe, we can immediately grasp the urge not to stop to easy solutions but continue to look beyond. Music: Murcof