Where in the world am I?
Our understanding of space is still predominately shaped by Newton’s law of mechanics which regards static space and the continuous flow of time as absolute, autonomous and independent of the viewer. And yet, this notion began losing validity as far back as the early 20th century, as dynamic and observer-dependent spatial concepts such as relativity theory and quantum mechanics began emerging.
In Where in the World am I?, an object and a camera are placed on a double turn table. While the object on the inner plate rotates at a constant speed, the camera on the outer ring can be made to move at varying degrees, ranging from a static state to spinning at the same speed as the object. The resulting video projection depicts "reality" from the viewpoint of the observing camera, revealing a mysterious interdependent and complimentary relationship between the object and its background.
Where in the World Am I? was conceptualized by Dominik Bastianello during his AIL residency at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen Switzerland. The installation was later commissioned by the PSI and exhibited in their main lobby during the World Year of Physics 2005.
Dominik Bastianello’s installations and spatial experimentations explore perception, understanding and conception of space. He has been awarded scholarships, working grants and prizes from various public and private institutions. In conjunction with the 2004 Artist in Labs Program (AIL), he was awarded a residency at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), a physics research laboratory in Villigen, Switzerland.
Born 1963 in Bern, Switzerland, he received his Master of Architecture in 1989 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), where he currently works as an assistant. He also has an architectural practice in Zurich.