news & events

Sloterdijk 2013October 2013
A resumée of From the Distant Past authored by T.O. Roth, K. Sembach, A. Nota and B. Staude has appeared in Leonardo Magazine, October 2013, Vol. 46, No. 5, pp. 492-493. See also: Project Muse

 

STScI NewsletterMarch 2013
The Hubblecast 63 directed by Oli Usher looks back to presentations of "From the Distant Past" in Venice, Baltimore and New York and discusses in interviews with Bob Fosbury (ESO), Antonella Nota (STScI) and the artist Tim Otto Roth the meaning of spectra in science and art. (more...)

4 October 2012
Beyond pretty pictures, talk by Tim Otto Roth at the International Astronautical Conference, Naples/ Italy.

STScI NewsletterAugust 2012
The Space Telescope Science Institue Newsletter reports on From the Distant Past as cover story in its first issue in 2012. (more...)



recent posts

22 November 2011
From the Distant Past - the green waves project, MIE building, Chalmers Conference Room, York University, Toronto, 4 PM

17 November 2011
Pixels and Spectra: Reflections on the Boundaries of Image and Color in Astrophysics, presentation at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Bd 22, Room 398, 10 AM

14 November 2011
First light for "From the Distant Past" at the Americain Museum of Natural History at 5:30 PM.

14 November 2011
First light for "From the Distant Past" at the Americain Museum of Natural History at 5:30 PM.

8 November 2011
Pixels and Spectra: Reflections on the Boundaries of Image and Color in Astrophysics, presentation by Tim Otto Roth and astrophysicist Frank Summers (Space Telescope Science Institute) at the School of Visual Arts, 335 West 16th Street, New York City, 6 PM, free & open to the public.

10 October 2011
Tim Otto Roth on using Hubble data as art, interview for Earthsky by Laura Dattaro about the presentation of "From the Distant Past" in Baltimore.

29 September 2011
guest talk by Tim Otto Roth at the BBOX at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA): , 7:30 PM

26 September 2011
Science Center Exhibit Turns Hubble Data Into Art, report by Laura Dattaro, Citypaper Blogs

25 September 2011
Hubble Images Turned Into Art - TV interview with Tim Otto Roth and Ken Sembach (STScI) featured by WJZ-TV Channel 13, 11:00 PM

23 September 2011
From the Distant Past to the New World Laser art installation featuring Hubble observations travels to the United States.

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projection on lawnimpression from the projection at the Maryland Science Center (image: tor)

In collaboration with the Space Telescope Science Institute the German artist Tim Otto Roth is presenting a spectacular light art exhibit this Autumn in Baltimore and New York City. "From the Distant Past" is not only an extraordinary art & science project in public space about the origins of the universe, it is also an artistic reflection on the phenomenon of colour by the means of concept art using laser light as a minimalist tool of graphical notation.
In the evenings from 25 September – 18 October green animated waves are pulsing over the corrugated steel facade of the Maryland Science Center at the Inner Harbour of Baltimore. This wave patterns recalling anthropomorphic associations with a heartbeat or a brain wave tell us a story about the oldest colours in the universe. These undulations projected by a green high power laser represent so called astronomical spectra which result from dispersion of the celestial light by a prism or a grating. These spectra recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope are a minimalist representation of the most distant objects in the universe.

"From the Distant Past" was presented in Autumn 2010 in the heart of Venice at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti. In Baltimore it is shown for the first time in the U.S.!