SpaceDebris

Art project "orbital cascade_57-46" (2013):

Creation of a video work for the internationally renowned Berlin-based artists Michael Najjar.

HD video 16:9, single-channel, stereo, 6.00 min.

“orbital cascade_57-46” visualizes the number of defective objects in the Earth´s orbit from 1957 until 2046. This includes rocket drifting, old satellites and disintegrated, eroded or collided items. Currently there are about 600,000 objects that are larger than 1 cm in space, orbiting the Earth at a speed of around 28,000 km/h.  They represent a serious risk to satellites, space stations and human spaceflight. Each bead represents a real object, which moves in orbit, starting with the very first object in space, the satellite Sputnik 1, launched in 1957. 2013 marks the beginning of a simulated future “worst case” scenario that assumes two realistic collisions that would dramatically increase the amount of space debris. These collisions are referred to as the “Cascade effect”.

The project included the development of a script, the extension of a visualization software and the creation of animations. The software has been created in terms of a maximum achievable resolution for convincing presentations. The video installation has now been shown worldwide in museums, biennials and festivals.