The Unbearable Lightness of Being | 2014,
Transparent case, needle, cellophane strip:
Case 13.3 W x 13.3 L x 14,4 H cm
Cellophane strip 5,5 cm x 1,9 cm
Video Projection Field 154,5 x 94 cm , runtime 0:40 minutes
Wittgenstein gave a famous reading instruction in his book that provides the literary source for the art-project:
"He" (the reader) "must, so to speak, throw away the ladder" (representing Tractatus Logico Philosophicus) "after he has climbed up it."
The art project converts the philosophical allegory into a real object in outer space.
At the same time, the art-piece could be seen as an icon of the human urge to progress and transcend, presented on a location that stands highly symbolic for the theme.
On March 25th, 2014 an astronaut carried the 'Wittgenstein ladder' to outer space to let it fly.
It is presented on a strip of cellophane scotch tape, as a microscopic drawing in ladder shape made by the Nobel prize winning isolation process from graphite (HPOG) to single atomic layers of graphene.
Presentation on earth:
1. The last visible ladder of the series of copies of the producing mode is shown transpierced on a beryllium needle in a transparent box. The box is presented on a very thin white platform. Both are mounted on a pole drilled into the ground of the exhibition site.
2. A video of the scotch tape with the one atom layer drawing flying in outer space is streamed to earth on the web.
With special thanks to NASA/ESA, Charles Vacanti and the Center for Nanoscale Systems, Harvard University