Video installation created with Max MSP
PSR B1919+21 is a pulsar with a period of 1.3373 seconds and a pulse width of 0.04 seconds. Discovered by Jocelyn Bell Burnell on 28 November 1967, it is the first discovered radio pulsar. The power and regularity of the signals were briefly thought to resemble an extraterrestrial beacon, leading the source to be nicknamed LGM-1 for "little green men".
This video installation takes into account scientific data combined with pop culture references and creates an interactive environment where the viewer is welcome to interpret in his own way.
The discovery of the pulsar LGM 1 was a significant moment in scientific history which also dripped down to society and arts creating a unique environment where these two can communicate and interact. From the album cover of the band 'Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures' to Hollywood movies like 'CONTACT 1996'
The program running on Max MSP takes into account light values which translates them into an interactive grid, simulating gravitational waves created by pulsars and the common analogy which addresses them as the beacons of the universe. The revolving ball is timed to follow the period of LGM 1 of 0,4 seconds and the sound is the signal that led to it's discovery.