The New Infinity: New Art for Planetariums

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The New Infinity

New Art for Planetariums

3 immersive shorts - 3 days only!

Don't miss a 60-minute showing of these works, free with admission!

July 12 at 12:45 p.m.
July 13 at 4:45 p.m.
July 14 at 1:45 p.m.

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Planetariums show the largest and most immersive images of our time combined with the intense sound of 360-degree acoustic technology.

The New Infinity has provided artists with technology and expertise to support the development of new artistic worlds. This project aims to democratize technology and invite contemporary artists to develop works of art for this new medium, which is becoming increasingly accessible in the digital age.

Eye of the Dream

30 minutes

The creation of the Universe in under two hours – beginning moments before the Big Bang, the new interactive work by artist and game designer David OReilly shows the development of life and progresses into our modern world, traveling through billions of years of history. The experience is at turns dramatic and meditative, abstract and familiar, chaotic and ordered. This realtime simulation is governed by an array of interconnected, multi-layered systems inspired by musical composition. These generate beautifully complex, ever-evolving forms and structures, always in motion and producing infinite variation, making every moment unique and unrepeatable. This installation evolved from David OReilly’s award-winning work “Everything”, and draws from a library of objects he created over a 15 year period.

Extraordinary Alien

15 minutes

This title is based on the US artist visa classification, “Alien with extraordinary ability”. The title suggests that from the perspective of lowly earthlings, all outer space aliens are inherently extraordinary. In science fiction films, a big reveal is often followed by disappointment in the alien form, one that rarely meets extraordinary expectations. How is our imagination incapable of creating a compelling alien form beyond those perpetuated by Hollywood films? This work features a push and pull of tension, repetition and expectation – what is being revealed? Simple materials appear as planetary surfaces, galaxies and alien skins to highlight the sci-fi qualities of earthly objects. The soundtrack is based on a single phrase repeated with different sounds as a motif for the alien and their environment that are teased, but never fully revealed.

Chain Opera

15 minutes

The more we work on the topic of artificial intelligence, the further back our focus takes us, to the earliest origins of music, polyphony, tool making, and mimesis. The musicologist Gary Tomlinson suggests that primitive humans, rather than having a map or plan for stone tool creation, instead depended on entrainment, or collectively choreographed and chained sequences of activity, to forge these technological extensions of our capacity. As we approach the dawn of a new era of suprahuman intelligence to which we have no map or close analogue, we wonder what kinds of collective choreographies will become necessary. What we do is what we become.

 

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Thanks to the support of the organizations listed below, planetarium tickets for The New Infinity are free with general admission or membership.

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The New Infinity: New Art for Planetariums is a co-production between Berliner Festspiele/Immersion and Planetarium Hamburg. The Immersion program was made possible by an initiative of the German Federal Parliament and thanks to the support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

The New Infinity started in September 2018 with the presentation of a first series with new works by David OReilly, Holly Herndon & Mathew Dryhurst and Fatima Al Qadiri & Transforma as part of Berlin Art Week in a mobile dome. These works were then presented at Planetarium Hamburg and are now touring internationally in summer 2019. The second work cycle with new fulldome positions by Agnieszka Polska, Metahaven and Robert Lippok & Lucas Gutierrez will have its world premiere on August 13, 2019 in cooperation with the International Summer Festival Kampnagel at the Planetarium Hamburg, followed by a presentation in Berlin from September 5-22, 2019.