Ascension (Thirty) (AT/US)
Glass tubes, fans, ping pong balls, and a microprocessor
Erwin Redl (AT/US)
The installation Ascension is part of a series of works that study the influence of ephemeral forces such as light, wind, and gravity on physical objects. Ascension is a symphonic ballet comprised of thirty vertically suspended glass pipes with floating ping pong balls. The 1.5-meter long pipes are evenly spaced 30 cm apart from each other along the wall. Each pipe has a small fan on the bottom that propels a ping pong ball up into the pipe. A soft timpani-like sound is created when the ball lands back on the bottom giving the installation a strong rhythmic and tonal component. All thirty synchronized fans levitate the Ping-Pong balls in tightly choreographed sequences. Each of the sequences emphasizes different aspects of the kinetic installation such as unison movement, alternate bursts, and wave patterns.
Erwin Redl was born in 1963 in Gföhl, Austria. In 1993, after finishing his studies at the Vienna Music Academy in Composition and Electronic Music, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for graduate studies in computer art at School of Visual Arts, New York. The artist’s work was featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. In 2008 he created an installation for the Austrian Pavilion at the World Expo in Zaragoza, Spain. The Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles showcases four of his permanent installations completed in 2013. The artist’s largest work is a 580-ft long outdoor LED-installation at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio from November 2010. His work is collected by many institutions, among them the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, as well as by prominent private collectors.