gravitation entanglement


Format 1: 132 x 202 cm / 52 x 79.5 in, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Format 2: 67 x 102 cm / 26.3 x 40.2 in, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame

“gravitation entanglement” depicts the inevitable collision between our own Milky Way and our closest neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M31. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope observations indicate that the two galaxies, pulled together by their mutual force of attraction, will crash in a near-head-on collision in about 4.5 billion years from now. The two galaxies would race by each other were it not for the force of gravity pulling them together. The spiral galaxies will merge to create a single new elliptical galaxy while new planets and solar systems will be formed from the star dust produced by the crash.

The artwork “gravitation entanglement” anticipates what we will see looking up into the night sky in about 4.5 billion years – supposing of course that humankind still exists. The visualization of this event is based on high resolution measurement data from the Hubble Space Telescope from the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy, digitally transformed pixel by pixel to simulate the galactic encounter. The mountain range at the bottom was photographed in the Atacama Desert in Chile. This work can also be seen as a metaphor for the enduring circle of life and death.


Personally liable:
Michael Najjar

Design concept & coding: Matthias Hübner,
with support by Marco Land

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