Ethereal Fleeting (2019 version)

climatic installation, 2018-2019
in collaboration with Itamar Bergfreund & Bruce Yoder

A series of clouds is generated by a machine-like sculpture. They appear, then float through the surrounding environment and seemingly disappear into thin air. The installation forms a juxtaposition of a metallic structure and a natural phenomenon. This supposed contrast between technology and nature is explored in a space of unseen possibilities for symbiosis.

From a distance, the series of clouds can be observed floating in a repetitive pattern – as if they were encoded messages. The clouds conceal an algorithmic poem, coded into the winds. The air is used as an ephemeral storage medium, its information content dissolving over time. This serves as a metaphor for our modern societies: we are writing our stories into the atmosphere – both consciously and unconsciously – manifesting energy into tangible, albeit transient, forms.

The installation is an attempt to reproduce one of nature’s most stunning marvels outside of its expected context. Though this impossible endeavor appears to be doomed to failure, it raises various questions regarding how we interact with our environment as well as on the human desire to imitate and eventually control nature.

06.2019   Liminal Festial – Bucharest (RO)
03.2019   Mirage Festival – Lyon (FR)

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_Project credits
<> Concept:
Lukas Truniger in collaboration with Itamar Bergfreund, Bruce Yoder
<> Artistic direction & visual design: Lukas Truniger
<> Structural design: Itamar Bergfreund, Lukas Truniger
<> Software design & development:
Adele Lin, Sophi Kravitz, Mat Pinner, Lukas Truniger

_Project website

Mirage Festival #7 – « Turbulences » – © Lukas Truniger
Mirage Festival #7 – « Turbulences » – © Marion Bornaz
Mirage Festival #7 – « Turbulences » – © Julie Treillet
Liminal Festival 2019 – © Lukas Truniger