Positions of the Unknown



At the dawn of the Space Age, the US government trained citizens to search for foreign artificial satellites. The so-called “Operation Moonwatch” was discontinued in 1975 but the amateurs kept on observing the sky – now searching for confidential objects. They continued until today, maintaining an alternative database of classified satellites.

“Positions of the Unknown” locates the current whereabouts of these mysterious objects by simply pointing at them as they revolve around Earth. Missing the legal proof, those unidentified artefacts remain entities of pure speculation, secret companions of us and our planet. Even so they have been sighted several times and their ubiquitous presence is therefore somehow validated, they linger in a state between existence and non-existence. Quadrature’s 52 small machines constantly follow their paths and serve as silent witnesses of the unknown.

Positions of the unknown, Quadrature, Biennale of Digital Imagination 2018 © Voggeneder

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Quadrature (GER)

This Berlin collective is made up of Julian Götz and Sebastian Neitsch and formerly Jan Bernstein (until 2016). Graduates from the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle, Germany, the three of them all share a common interest in robotics, machinery, light and space. As Quadrature, they produce art at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds where art and science meet.

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Supported by Drive VW Group Forum and Ars Electronica