The members of the Quadrature artists’ collective, Jan Bernstein, Juliane Götz and Sebastian Neitsch (all DE), met at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle, Germany. After completing their education, the artists worked individually in, among other cities, Antwerp, Linz, Valencia, Vienna and Stuttgart. They collaborated for the first time in 2009, and went on to establish Quadrature, a collective in which each member inputs his/her own specific skills and focal-point themes. Most of their artistic projects focus on the contradiction between knowledge and comprehension.
Outer space is by no means terra incognita for Quadrature; far from it, actually. Several of the collective’s previous works deal with methods we human beings employ to explore the cosmos. One example is a project entitled “Voyager,” in which the artists employ slowly moving metal cursors to indicate the current flight paths and velocities of NASA’s Voyager 1 & 2 space probes. Another example is “Satelliten,” a work that earned Quadrature an Honorary Mention in the 2015 Prix Ars Electronica’s Interactive Art category. “Satelliten” is a machine that graphically documents the movements and positions of satellites. Serving as the “canvases” for these drawings are out-of-date maps among the pages of a bound atlas.
Statement of the Jury
“Quadrature are not new to the exploration of space; previous work has tracked the movement of The Voyager Space probe and given it a physical, kinetic manifestation here on earth. This making the unseen visible was an exciting proposition of their proposal for the ESO residency. As a collective their practice is already embedded in the processes of collaborative practice that are critical to the success of an art science residency of this nature. Their proposal addressed questions around how their work would develop and manifest in a physical exhibition space like Ars Electronica and offer a compelling experience to visitors, enabling them to sense the unseen, to momentarily lift off and experience Deep Space. Their intimate knowledge of the constraints and possibilities of the technology at ESO demonstrated a body of knowledge and work which sets the scene for exciting outputs. In summary, the members of the jury are assured that Quadrature’s residency at the ESO in Chile and at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz has significant artistic potential and innovation within the art science space.”