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Andrea Galvani © Fourier Transform, 2018
6500K neon, white blown glass, metal structures, cables, paint, electricity
Approx. 37 x 125 x 7 cm / 15 x 50 x 3 inches 

 

INSTRUMENTS FOR INQUIRING INTO THE WIND AND THE SHAKING EARTH

Instruments for Inquiring into the Wind and the Shaking Earth is an incandescent landscape —a unified visual field that illuminates space. Through a language both abstract and physical, this monumental site-specific installation describes the engine that powers the stars; the geometry of gravity, space, and time; the emergence of life from non-living components; the possibility of being in two places at once; and the deep symmetries that underlie it all. Developed for the premier edition of Art Basel Cities in Buenos Aires, the installation was conceived as an immersive environment—an act of discovery, achieved through cycles of unknowing and exploration. Like fog in a state of suspension, a cloud of numbers rests in the transitional zone of architectural space. Mathematics is materialized in the form of hyper-objects: non-tangible things that influence and transform the world. The Universe is summoned and summarized.

This installation brings together mental abstractions and physical phenomena that originate in very different aspects of our lives. It humanizes our knowledge of cosmic concepts, maps roads taken and then abandoned, offers intimate introductions to the courageous ones who imagined what others could not yet fathom. Instruments for Inquiring into the Wind and the Shaking Earth exists in a dimension where time is absent, where history and memory are unified into a projection of scientific progress and painstaking efforts to understand the natural world. Each equation is a memento mori as well as an object of resistance against death, revealing a more complex and nuanced reality. At certain times during exhibitions, vocalists and performers interact with the architecture, the work, and the public. Live voices produce a chorus that emanates and migrates, transforming the space into a soundscape. Like Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square, Galvani’s work seems to envision a new cosmology—one that honors the power of human knowledge while simultaneously negotiating the impossibility of calculations and instruments to behold the mysteries they seek to describe.

 

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Andrea Galvani © 2018
Instruments for Inquiring into the Wind and the Shaking Earth
Installation with neon sculptures and performance
6500K neon, white blown glass, metal structures, cables, paint, electricity
Dimensions variable with architecture
Installation and performance detail at Revolver Galería, Buenos Aires
Photo by Fabián Cañás

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Andrea Galvani © 2018
Instruments for Inquiring into the Wind and the Shaking Earth
Installation with neon sculptures and performance
6500K neon, white blown glass, metal structures, cables, paint, electricity
Dimensions variable with architecture
Installation and performance detail at Frieze London 2018
Photo by Leonardo Morfini

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Andrea Galvani © Euler’s Identity, 2018
6500K neon, white blown glass, metal structures, cables, paint, electricity
Approx. 25 x 74 x 7 cm / 10 x 30 x 3 inches 

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Andrea Galvani © 2018
Instruments for Inquiring into the Wind and the Shaking Earth
Installation with neon sculptures and performance
6500K neon, white blown glass, metal structures, cables, paint, electricity
Dimensions variable with architecture
Installation and performance detail at Frieze London 2018
Photo by Leonardo Morfini

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Andrea Galvani © 2018
Instruments for Inquiring into the Wind and the Shaking Earth
Installation with neon sculptures and performance
6500K neon, white blown glass, metal structures, cables, paint, electricity
Dimensions variable with architecture
Installation and performance detail at Revolver Galería, Buenos Aires
Photo by Fabián Cañás

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↑Andrea Galvani © Epílogo #26, 2014
Study on original 1845 etching by William Parsons mounted on tropical wood
Andrea Galvani © Epílogo #41, 2015
Ink on archival paper mounted on tropical wood
Installation details

↑Andrea Galvani © Epílogo #82 [Study on Trajectory], 2015
Inkjet print on paper mounted on tropical wood
Andrea Galvani © Epílogo #34 [Galaxy Typologies], 2014
Pencil on paper mounted on tropical wood
Installation details

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Andrea Galvani © 2015
The End [Action #9] Photographic Strips and Geographic Coordinates
C-print mounted on aluminum dibond, white wood frame
Approx. 260 x 200 x 7 cm / 102.4 x 78.7 x 2.8 inches

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Andrea Galvani © 2018
The Relativity of Simultaneous Events [Einstein’s Special Relativity]
6500K neon, white blown glass, metal structure, paint, electricity
Approx. 45 x 80 x 7 cm / 18 x 32 x 3 inches