2006

Sputniksong

Minimal techno track and pencil drawing

Sputnik Zemli, companion of the earth. The first part of this work consists of a pop song, which includes the squeaky signal of the Sputnik, the first artificial satellite in earth orbit. The Soviet Union sent the spherical earth satellite into orbit on October 4, 1957 and created a global sensation, which made history as the "Sputnik shock". The fear of the US to be inferior technologically and on a military level, was succeeded by the development of new technologies, which with a few years of delay also benefited the civil sector - for instance the integrated circuit, the global positioning system and the basics of the Internet. On a visual Level the pop song is represented through the wave-form pencil drawing of the audio track.

The work deals with the issue, that a lot of today's technologies are cold war developments.

Audio File: Francis Hunger "Sputnik Song" - listen here (mp3 audio, 4.2 Mb)

Sputnik Song installation view

Sputnik Song, technotrack (4 min) and pencil drawing on paper (400 x 120 cm), 2006, installation view, Laden für Nichts, Leipzig, 2007

 

sputnik song detail

Sputnik Song, technotrack (4 min) and pencil drawing on paper (400 x 120 cm), 2006, detail, Laden für Nichts, Leipzig, 2007