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RADAR L/410A

Christian Skjødt Hasselstrøm

Edigma Semibreve Award winner

The sound installation RADAR L/410A explores the relationship between technology, the human being and our immediate surroundings. Using radar technology and sound, the interiors of the exhibition space are transformed into an immersive sonic environment.

Here traditional radar technology is turned inside-out. The radar signal, which usually reaches
for the wide expanses of sea and land, is limited to the enclosed space of the venue, where specially designed Doppler radar converts the interior directly into sound in a continuous rotary motion.

 

“Art as radar acts as ‘an early alarm system,’ as it were, enabling us to discover social and psychic tar-gets in lots of time to prepare to cope with them.” – Marshall McLuhan

RADAR L/410A explores the relationship between technology, the human being and our immediate surroundings. Using radar technology and sound, the interiors of the exhibition space are transformed into an immersive sonic environment.

Specially developed radar systems are receiving real-time information from the internal environments. Perceived as immersive soundscapes, we touch upon the architecture of the space. Here, the absence of any control panel dissolves the human beings’s uncontested powers, encouraging us to be responsive to the environment in new ways.

Thus RADAR L/410A points to a sensuous and material presence at risk of being lost due to new and fast-growing technologies. As an echo of the past and a warning about the future, RADAR L/410A becomes a symbol of a bodily connection to the material world and the sound of the inevitable interwovenness of everything.

Picturing radio waves travelling towards the horizon and the echo of their encounter with distant objects, the radar appears as a technological messenger of unseen phenomena.

The term ‘remote sensing’ describes this detecting and monitoring of things and their physical characteristics that our own senses are unable to perceive, and which in the timeline of history and meteorology has warned us about future events: the speed and direction of missiles in war zones, a hurricane heading towards land.

In RADAR L/410A traditional radar technology is turned inside-out. The radar signal, which usually reaches for the wide expanses of sea and land, is limited to the enclosed exhibition space.

Through continuous rotations, the radar systems brings together concrete walls and moving bodies, interweaving everything present, not pointing towards the outside world, but to ourselves as divergent disturbances in space.

 

 

The work created in collaboration with radio enthusiasts from OZ3EDR Struer and with assistance from Sound Art Lab, Struer.

Realised with kind support from the Danish Arts Foundation and Danish Composers’ Society / KODA Culture

Edigma Semibreve Award winner

RADAR L/410A
Christian Skjødt Hasselstrøm

Materials: doppler radar, glass dome, led lights, custom electronic circuitry, subwoofer, steel, wire.

2021