This incredible dynamic sculpture created by Tim Otto Roth channels some of these feelings about the accelerating universe.
Adam Riess (Nobel Prize in Physics 2011) on the occasion of the premiere in Rome in 2014.
For the 4th Hubble Space Telescope Conference which took place in March 2014 at the renown Accademia dei Lincei in Rome he designed for the academy’s palm garden an ethereal carousel construction with 36 loudspeakers mounted on strings and turning around the heads of the visitors with a wing span of up to 16 meters. As the sound waves are compressed or expanded when the circulating loudspeakers approach or depart the pitch of the played sine waves changes up or down depending on the relative velocity of the speaker. This so called Doppler Effect depends of the listener’s position, so the visitors are invited to move under the installation. There even comes another component into play when not only continues tones are generated but very short sine pulses are played. Due to the extension of the installation and the runtime of sound these sound packages recompose differently in the space – a kind of a spatio-temporal extension of granular synthesis. Here the German artist sees a parallel to the view into the night sky. For him the lights in the nocturnal firmament have a strong acoustic component as due to the long distances we do simply see the lucid echo of worlds which has passed away long time ago.
The Heaven's Carousel premiered in the United States in April 2015 in occasion of the 25th anniversary celebration of Hubble Space Telescope at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. It was on show in Karlsruhe for seven weeks from 19 June – 9 August 2015 in the context of the Globale.