Inverted Space Molecules

The concept of turning spaces inside out using photography derives from earlier works like the Climate Chambers I and II, in which the visitor enters elaborate, room-size installations. But in the “Inverted Space Molecules,” the viewer is instead positioned outside a 360-degree photographic reflection of a particular location. By connecting these images into molecular structures, the entire physical form of a site or a situation can be documented.

The shape of the molecule is often used to amplify the concept of the work. In the 2007 work Weather Station, the molecule forms a flowchart-like description of the station’s different functions—how it gathers weather data from the atmosphere, processes it, and finally transmits it as legible information. In the 2006 work Expedition, which documents an ice breaker’s trip to the North Pole, the spheres reflect the different rooms of the research vessel, from machine room to laboratories, but also the various time zones the ship passes through as it navigates the thick arctic ice in its journey toward the pole.

One of Bigert & Bergström’s earlier works using the technique of attaching stitched panorama images to globes is the 2004 piece Nauseum. In this work, the spherical photographs hang in a circle, mimicking the inside of the Biologiska Museet in Djurgården, Stockholm. Built in 1893, it was the world’s first 360-degree panorama in which animals were placed in their natural surroundings. In Nauseam, the images, created using modern virtual-reality technology, document the panorama—itself a revolutionary spatial-representation technology of its day.

Inverted Space Molecules
Weather Station, Expedition, Eden
Installation view
Uppsala Art Museum 2007

Images

Films

Tags


Tropical Island
Photo on vinyl foil, acrylic globes
low energy bulbs, cabel
140 x 50 x 80 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Bigert & Bergström 2010
Tropical Island
Photo on vinyl foil, acrylic globes
low energy bulbs, cabel
140 x 50 x 80 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Bigert & Bergström 2010
Botanic Garden
Photo on vinyl foil, acrylic globes
low energy bulbs, cabel
83 x 35 x 90 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Bigert & Bergström 2010
Power Station 2
Photo on vinyl foil, acrylic globes
low energy bulbs, cabel
70 x 55 x 100 cm
Bigert & Bergström 2009
Power Station 3
Photo on vinyl foil, acrylic globes
low energy bulbs, cabel
115 x 45 x 65 cm
Bigert & Bergström 2009
Expedition
Photo on vinyl foil, acrylic globes
low energy bulbs, cabel
170 x 85 x 210 cm
Bigert & Bergström 2007
Weather Station
Photo on vinyl foil, acrylic globes
low energy bulbs, cabel
120 x 75 x 170 cm
Bigert & Bergström 2007
Eden
Photo on vinyl foil, acrylic globes
low energy bulbs, cabel
110 x 65 x 145 cm
Bigert & Bergström 2007
Inverted Forrest Mobile
Photo on vinyl foil, acrylic globes
low energy bulbs, cabel
Variable dimensions
Bigert & Bergström 2005
Nauseum
Photo on vinyl foil, acrylic globes
low energy bulbs, cabel
140 x 140 x 85 cm
Bigert & Bergström 2003
The Waiting Room
Photo on vinyl foil, acrylic globes
low energy bulbs, cabell
Variable dimensions
Bigert & Bergström 2002

Contact

Studio Bigert & Bergström

Address:
Västmannagatan 73
113 26 Stockholm
Sweden

Email:
post@bigertbergstrom.com

Mats Bigert
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 52
Email:
bigert@bigertbergstrom.com

Lars Bergström
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 53
Email:
bergstrom@bigertbergstrom.com

Represented by:
Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm

Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Cis Art Lodgers, Barcelona

 

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