MADE OF STARDUST
A 35 square meter public interactive installation exploring the profound connection between humans and the cosmic world above, around and within us.
MADE OF STARDUST is an interactive audiovisual installation made especially for Yet, It Moves! The installation consists of a 35 square meter LED screen, soundscape and machine learning generating movies based on audience interaction and data sourced from scientific repositories, including NASA’s IPAC archive and the James Webb and Hubble telescopes.
Waagner Falkenstrøm’s installation investigates the cosmic, yet microscopic world around us. Stardust connect us to remote galaxies and to all things here on Earth. All elements in our bodies – iron, zinc, calcium – come from dust created by the explosions of stars, more than 4.5 billion years ago. Even today, stardust continues to reach us. Every minute, tiny particles of micrometeorites, less than a millimeter in size, rain on Earth from outer space and carry remains of the earlier universe in the form of stardust from pre-solar times. While these particles are invisible to the human eye, they remind us of the presence of the universe on Earth and that we, humans, are made of stardust.
MADE OF STARDUST connects the viewer directly with their space heritage by transforming their face into an avatar made of thousands of tiny, shining stardust particles.
MADE OF STARDUST was created by Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm and her art-tech studio ARTificial Mind consisting of assistant artist, Cody Lukas, and software engineers, Jens Hegner Stærmose, Asbjørn Olling and Alexander Krog.
MADE OF STARDUST
Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm
Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm, Artist
Cody Lukas, Assistant Artist
Jens Hegner Strærmose, Software Engineer
Asbjørn Olling, Software Engineer
Alexander Krog, Software Engineer
MADE OF STARDUST is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and realized in close collaboration with researcher Arka Sarangi of the DARK research centre at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. The installation of the artwork on Sifs Plads is made possible in partnership with the City of Copenhagen’s neighbourhood renewal program Områdefornyelsen ved Skjolds Plads, University College Copenhagen (KP) and the local community.