Today is a historic day in astro science: NASA is crashing its $4 billion Cassini spacecraft into Saturn.
Instead of being left in orbit, and possibly crashing into one of Saturn’s moons, contaminating any life(!) that might be there, NASA has chosen this spectacular suicidal dive into Saturn’s atmosphere. After more than four years beyond its expected life time the spacecraft has no fuel left to adjust its course any longer.
At around 14 o’clock MET the Cassini spacecraft, which spent 20 years in space and has sent us amazing views of the Saturn system, will dive into Saturn’s atmosphere, sending final data for as long as possible before burning up like a meteor.
In Attraction I pieces of rocks are facing each other with a copper plate placed between them. Symbolizing the correlation between all entities and substances the artist adverts to elemental relations.
Attraction I Oil, copper disc, coinage on grey board 108 x 150 cm, 2013 trojnarski.com
Wogender Bernstein / Cradled Amber consists of three wooden balls each hanging on a copper wire in different heights from the ceiling. Thick screws around which the wire is wrapped, stick out of wooden bodies. Reclined on the floor, three copper plates form the respective antipole while at the same time transferring the three-dimensional spherical shape into a two-dimensional surface. Scientific experiments with electricity are often conducted with balls or semicircular objects. The interspace between the two poles is of special relevance as it doesn't just disclose the void in between but reveals the hidden forces. Hence the work can be conceived artistically as well as scientifically – the boundaries between the two spheres of activity are becoming indistinct.
by Angelika J. Trojnarski Wogender Bernstein / Cradled Amber, 2013 Wood, screws, copper wire and copper discs Three wooden balls: each ø 17 cm Copper discs: 2 x ø 16 cm, 1 x ø 18 cm
Sonnenwind I deals with the natural light phenomena, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere. The work combines a landscape scenery with technical magnetic lines of force, which we all know from pysical charts and drawings.
"Magnetite is the most magnetic of all the naturally occurring minerals on Earth. Naturally magnetized pieces of magnetite, called lodestone, will attract small pieces of iron, and this was how ancient people first noticed the property ofmagnetism.
Small grains of magnetite occur in almost all igneous and metamorphic rocks. It is black or brownish-black with a metallic luster."