The artistic interest in the possibilities that are made available to us by the Very Small Array telescope and University of Cambridge is involved with the problem of the techno-manipulated gaze. The radio telescope VSA enables us to see - in one way or another - a privileged point in space and time of material world, the horizon of them both. The telescope is a custom made machine enabling the material connection with the cosmic radiation. But in order to obtain a two-dimensional image, the data has to be interpreted whereby introducing other discourses not necessarily linked to the material continuum spreading from cosmic radiation to information.
In the gallery there is a computer with data of the cosmic radiation measurements, and thus, through internet, opens an exclusive view into the starting point of time and the far end point of space. The measurements should contain the matter as pure as possible, whereas the printed picture on canvas is a mediated, interpreted and fixed image of the sky in time.
The second emphasis of the project is the interinstitutional exchange, particularly the exchange between the scientific discourse and the artistic codification, but also between institutions such as universities, galleries, academies and individual artists.
The project VSA is one of the three projects Javornik (2001), R III (2002) and VSA (2003) integrated into the VideoSpace (2003), where they are connected to each other by the conceptual horizon that defines each of them and all of them in relation to each other. This is a triad of irreducible cosmic substances: the matter, the human and the language.
Narvika Bovcon & Aleš Vaupotič
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