The second version of DARKSTAR, the new installation for public space by of MoTA (Museum of Transitory Art) artist Martin Bricelj Baraga in collaboration with Andre Goncalves will be on view and experience at the Atrium of The Hague's City Hall. DARKSTAR is an experimental monument to time and space, a semi-utopian monument for the urban dweller. It explores the possibilities of an interactive and responsive interface to reflect activities taking place in its immediate and distant surroundings. It is a monument to black matter, to the void, the space in between, to time and its passing. After its first version DARKSTAR v2 transforms to an immersive audiovisual experience which responds to its surroundings.
DarkStar 2.0 Team:
Martin Bricelj Baraga - Idea & Concept
Andre Goncalves - Sound & Programming
Igor Vuk - Construction Design & Technical Sollutions
Primož Pugelj - Consulting
Production: MoTA - Museum of Transitory Art
DarkStar is proudly supported by:
Akripol d.o.o., The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia
Special thanks: Denis Ornik, Bojan Kos, Blaž Peršin, Aleks Hribovšek, Niko Okorn.
About The DarkStar Project
DarkStar project envisions building an open air monument in several city squares. DarkStar is meant to be an interactive monument for the contemporary city and citizen. Instead of celebrating an important historical landmark or a person, it is devoted to the universe and the passing of time. A large sphere, raised above the heads of its viewers with constellations of stars gently floating across its surface, the monument is best seen at night when its sonic and visual states change constantly in real-time response to its onlookers.
DarkStar outdoor version functions as a very special public clock which reflects lunar phases. The new moon is marked by complete blackness, but day-by-day a band of light grows until full moon when DarkStar is completely illuminated. Through it’s continual rotation, this band of light counts the eternal passing of time, completing one rotation every minute. However, in combination with the lunar phase this movement also reflects the ephemerality of our relationship with time - After the half moon, when the light area becomes larger than the dark, our perception tells us that it’s the unlit region that is rotating. By full moon when the sculpture is most active and most luminescent, the rotation has disappeared entirely.