Measuring Infinity. A Test Arrangement

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Measuring Infinity. A Test Arrangement [with STRATAGRIDS], Demonstrations, A Matter Theater, House of the Cultures of the World (HKW), Berlin, Germany 2014.

Audiovisual installation (acrylic glass, six tripods, four projectors, camera for live broadcast, two screen projections) and audio piece (14 min), developed on the basis of Measuring Infinity, STRATAGRIDS’ contribution to Textures of the Anthropocene: Grain Vapor Ray (MIT 2015).
Premiered on Oct 17 2014 in the framework of Demonstrations, as part of A Matter Theater, at HKW during The Anthropocene Project – A Report.

How to measure the immeasurable? According to most physicists, our universe consists of 95 percent dark matter and energy, phenomena that cannot be observed, only indirectly traced and described. This paradox serves as a point of departure for a performative inquiry involving a careful staging of tools and techniques for measurement: a sonic diagram, a computer simulation, a video animation. A point of gathering for thinkers and viewers alike, akin to an infinite bonfire in the darkness of space.

A recording of the audio piece can be accessed under this link:

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Installation views: Measuring Infinity. A Test Arrangement, HKW 2014.

The script of the audio piece way published as: Measuring Infinity. A Test Arrangement, AKV Berlin 2014.

Available for download as pdf under this link:

Concurrently STRATAGRIDS‘ contribution to Textures of the Anthropocene: Grain Vapor Ray (MIT 2015), by the title of ‘Measuring Infinity’ was launched during The Anthropocene Project. A Report.

STRATAGRIDS’ contribution to Grain Vapor Ray approaches Jorge Luis Borges’ short story  “The Aleph” as a temporal process whereby information is generated and distributed, rather than being a static, physical point in space. The operations within CERN’s Large Hadron Collider aspire to recreate the conditions of the universe’s initial moments of existence; thus, a universe is in the process of creation within the universe, in order to observe the universe and its principles.
STRATAGRIDS explores the narratives informing CERN’s activities, and by extension, considers the enigmas of scale emerging from particle physics as well as those physical phenomena that bear significant resonance for solely digital architectures, such as the Internet. Is the smallest entity of matter, then, simply a data bit?