ORBIS LUMEN | OVERVIEW
The Light of the World – The Sugarcoat of War turned cold
“If you took out all of the empty space in our atoms, the entire human species (all 8 billion of us) would fit into the volume of a single sugar cube.”
ORBIS LUMEN shows a map of the Earth built from multiple layers of white industrial sugar cubes and illuminated by the complete sequence of all nuclear explosions from 1945 to the present day. ORBIS LUMEN stages the most extreme power released by mankind, which irrevocably changed the atmosphere and ignited the epoch of the atomsphere with its application and supposed mastery of atomic power. Using the cubes as three-dimensional pixels, ORBIS LUMEN emphasizes the intimate relationship between information, energy, resources and their resulting impact on society and nature.
In times of peace, sugar is being used as a food source and a potentially abundant regenerative source of energy (ethanol for machines). Energy may even become the primary product of sugar cane processing, rather than sugar itself. Nevertheless, in times of war, sugar is the first item to be rationed as a building block for making conventional explosives.
Buckminster Fuller’s 1943 anthropocentric map anticipated a new planetary environment, showing that a Russian nuclear missile arriving over the North Pole could potentially reach the United States. A delicate detail that remains hidden on the widely used Mercator map.
“The most beautiful and horrifying Dymaxion map yet.”
David McConville, The Buckminster Fuller Institute
ORBIS LUMEN illustrates how the supposed “mastery” of nuclear power is really the reiteration of a profound error and the subsequent compounding of that error. We keep on making mistakes. Some of these errors are useful, some are terrifyingly destructive, and many are both. Welcome to the error, welcome to the atomsphere!
Cynetart, Hellerau, Germany
Luminale Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Noise Signal Silence, Schauspiel Köln, Germany
Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
The Black Box, Muffatwerk, München, Germany
Pochen, Chemnitz, Germany with a special visit from Angela Dorothea Merkel, then chancellor of Germany
Oval Office, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Germany
Michael Saup, Andrea Winter & Andreas Erhart
Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau e.V.
David McConville, The Buckminster Fuller Institute, USA
International Uranium Film Festival
Umweltbundesamt Dessau, Germany
Endre Ketzel, Thomas Dumke & the team at cynetart Dresden
with the help of
die wellenmaschine, Li Alin, Nicole Pesant Méalin, Rosa-Lee Sendlinger, Nadine Bors, the openframeworks community, Knut Bressgott, Laura & Emily Winter, Karolina Funk
Acci Baba, Michael Saup & Pit Schulz