SIGNATURES IN THE AIR
We are used to fuel-powered flights, which leave behind visible condensation trails, straight lines in the sky. In contrast, the trajectories of Aerocene are invisible. They follow the rivers of the wind and the weather conditions, in ways that can be predicted only in part.
The Aerocene Explorer sculpture can be equipped with a motion tracker that records its movements as it floats through the air. By converting the position data into digital visualizations, we are able to generate beautiful convoluted traces, which contrast with the linear trajectories of our current modes of traveling.
Like handwriting and footprints, the Aerocene lines are unique. We can think of them as drawings in the air, or as signatures on a global Declaration of Independence from Fossil Fuels, to which people all over the world are contributing.
The convoluted traces of a tethered flight represent the maze of laws and regulations that are holding back the sculptures. They are marks of the struggles we are facing in trying to move beyond the Anthropocene. But, when a free flight takes place, the traces become a powerful representation of the circulation of winds and energy around the planet – the invisible infrastructure of the atmosphere.
The motion tracker for the Aerocene Explorer was developed by Alexander Bouchner (IAK-Braunschweig) in collaboration with the Aerocene Foundation.
To equip your Explorer kit with the Motion Tracker Add-On, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.