There are over one thousand operational satellites orbiting the Earth. However, despite their application, they remain mostly invisible from the Earth. Satelliten is a real time drawing machine. It consists of an autonomous system that traces passing satellites onto physical maps. Satelliten calculates the sheer number of satellites that pass by its location, as informed by a database produced by the US air force. Created using a number of tools such as grbl maps, atlas, stepper motors, motor drivers, electronics, sensors, aluminum, Arduino microcontrollers and Mini Pc, the machine in an area of approximately 10 square centimeters, draws the path of these passing satellites in realtime on paper. The result is a drawing that reveals physical traces of another manifestation of humanity, a layer of existence that may one day override the current one.
Quadrature (DE) is a collective for arts, light and robotics founded in 2012. With their works, they try to challenge the usual perception of machinery and the ubiquitous expectation of its presumed functionality. The emphasis of Quadrature’s works is on the intersection of the physical and digital worlds, of object and code. They have performed and exhibited internationally. The work Satelliten, has received an Honorary Mention at the Prix Ars Electronica 2015.
The three members of Quadrature, Jan Bernstein (DE), Juliane Götz (DE) and Sebastian Neitsch (DE), work and live in Berlin. They all share a love of machines and outer space.