Ground is a sound and art installation that consists an unstable and moving platform on which viewers feel and hear the ground undulating and shifting under their feet. The motion can be felt via the sense of equilibrium (balance), it also can be heard via rough sounds are mechanically produced through friction between concrete elements It becomes unclear what is stable and what is not. The installation might awake associations of earthquakes, but it neither simulates nor represents catastrophes It draws on ideas of the geosphere as a complex system that interferes with biosphere but also with anthroposphere, that part of the environment that is modified by humans. The vertically pushing impulses are realised by custom made air bags that run with air pressure.The horizontal motion of whole rows is realised with telescope motors of high industrial standard, that were adapted/customized for the purpose of the installation. The control unit is customized, built from industrial relays and a MIDI interface. As advisors on the project the artists had Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lucht, co-chair of PIK Research Domain “Earth System Analysis” and Alexander von Humboldt Chair in Sustainability Science at the Department of Geography, Humboldt University Berlin. Also the Prof. Dr. Claus Pias, Specialist of Cybernetics, Media Theorist, co-funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin and the Berlin-Pankow Art and Culture Departement. Ground has been realised with the support of the Graduate School of the Arts and the Sciences, Berlin.
About the author
Anke Eckardt lives work encompasses large-scale multisensory sculptures and installations. She studied under Sam Auinger, Holger Schulze and Sabine Sanio at the University of the Arts in Berlin. She presents her projects internationally in exhibitions as Ars Electronica, NEMO, CTM, European Media Art Festival, Steirischer Herbst, Skanu Mesz and others. Her work encompasses installations and sculptures, teaching, and theoretical work that contributes to the discourse on the phenomenology of sound. For her sculptures and installations she uses different ranges of sound such as ultrasound and infrasound in combination with other media and materials in motion: water, concrete, beams of light for building highly imaginative and complex spaces. Anke Eckardt has recently published an artist book at Revolver Publishing.