World-premiere of the project ‘Skycatcher’ by artist Luna Maurer. An
installation on the roof of De Balie, centre for culture and politics
in Amsterdam, takes a picture every 5 minutes of the perpetually
changing skies. Already well over 100 thousand images have been
archived so far in the project database: Always the same viewpoint,
yet never the same picture.
The skies, mostly strewn with clouds, have played a tremendously
important role in the Netherlands’ visual arts for many centuries,
because of their painterly and poetic qualities. The Dutch sea-
climate ensures a constant interplay of constellations of clouds,
rain, blue skies, covered and clear skies. With the skycatcher the
visitor of the website is offered the opportunity to make her or his
own selections, out of the thousands of images recorded by Maurer’s
installation to date, and thus experience their endless multiplicity.
During the afternoon Luna Maurer will present her project, while
guest speakers offer their personal / professional comments, a.o.:
Pier Siebesma, meteorologist working for the Royal Dutch
Meteorological Institute (KNMI), and Eric Kluitenberg, media
theorist, De Balie.
A specially produced poster of the project will be on sale during the
presentation, which displays one year of variable skies in A0 format...
The project will be in operation from July 2005 till July 2007.