SPECIAL PROJECT EDITIONS #001 | 2015Artist: Sascha Mikloweit | Germany
Poject: European Space Agency's 15th Cluster Mission Anniversary Artist Commission

SPECIAL PROJECT EDITIONS #001 | 2015Artist: Sascha Mikloweit | Germany
Poject: European Space Agency's 15th Cluster Mission Anniversary Artist Commission

  1. €    380.00 |  Limited Edition: 25 | A2 [42.0 x   59.4 cm] 
€ 380.00

Selected image: spe#001.1
CLUSTR1_KOU-ELA-3_1996DOY156_ID1-5
Available Size: 32.5 x 57.7cm (size print) | 42.0 x 59.0 cm (size sheet)
Material: HDR Archival Pigment on Hahnemühle Archival FineArt Photo Rag 308g

  1. €    380.00 |  Limited Edition: 25 | A2 [42.0 x   59.4 cm] 
€ 380.00

Selected image: spe#001.2
CLUSTR1_KOU-ELA-3_1996DOY156_ID1-4
Available Size: 32.5 x 57.7cm (size print) | 42.0 x 59.0 cm (size sheet)
Material: HDR Archival Pigment on Hahnemühle Archival FineArt Photo Rag 308g

  1. €    380.00 |  Limited Edition: 25 | A2 [42.0 x   59.4 cm] 
€ 380.00

Selected image: spe#001.3
CLUSTR1_KOU-ELA-3_1996DOY156_ID2-6
Available Size: 32.5 x 57.7cm (size print) | 42.0 x 59.0 cm (size sheet)
Material: HDR Archival Pigment on Hahnemühle Archival FineArt Photo Rag 308g

  1. €    380.00 |  Limited Edition: 25 | A2 [42.0 x   59.4 cm] 
€ 380.00

Selected image: spe#001.4
CLUSTR1_KOU-ELA-3_1996DOY156_ID2-6_D5
Available Size: 32.5 x 57.7cm (size print) | 42.0 x 59.0 cm (size sheet)
Material: HDR Archival Pigment on Hahnemühle Archival FineArt Photo Rag 308g

ABOUT THE WORK

The weather at the launch site of Europe's 750km2 large spaceport Kourou in French Guiana ‘on the morning of 4 June 1996 was acceptable for a launch that day, and presented no obstacle to the transfer of the launcher to the launch pad. In particular, there was no risk of lightning since the strength of the electric field measured the launch site was negligible. The only uncertainty concerned fulfilment [sic] of the visibility criteria’.

It was the day for which the maiden flight of a new rocket generation was scheduled, Europe's Ariane 5. ‘The countdown, which also comprises the filling of the core stage, went smoothly until H0-7 minutes when the launch was put on hold since the visibility criteria were not met at the opening of the launch window (08h35 local time). Visibility conditions improved as forecast and the launch was initiated at H0 = 09h 33mn 59s local time (=12h 33mn 59s UT). Ignition of the Vulcain engine and the two solid boosters was nominal, as was lift-off’.

‘Tous les paramètres impulsives sont normaux, la trajectoire est normal (all the thrust parameters are normal, the trajectory is normal)’, stated the Director of Operations H0+54 seconds after take off, but at this point, things had already gone wrong (Ariane 5 rocket launch explosion, 2015):
The vehicle performed a nominal flight until approximately H0+37 seconds. Shortly after that time, it suddenly veered off its flight path, broke up, and exploded. […] The self-destruction of the launcher occurred near to the launch pad, at an altitude of approximately 4000m. Therefore, all the launcher debris fell back onto the ground, scattered over an area of approximately 12km2 east of the launch pad. Recovery of material proved difficult, however, since this area is nearly all mangrove swamp or savanna.' Nevertheless, it was possible for the French Foreign Legion, who provide security for the Spaceport (Armée de Terre Actu, 2015), to retrieve substantial parts of the debris.

Among the salvaged debris of Ariane 5 Flight 501 were its cargo, the four Cluster satellites that were supposed to go on their mission to analyze the Earth's magnetosphere.

Considering the overall payload of 4800kg, 7540 km distance and 19years of time difference quite some pieces have made it into the archive of the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) and are still there. Persevering in light of this accident, the Ariane 5 Team as well as the Cluster Mission Team had the chance to launch four new Cluster satellites into their orbit in mid 2000.

‘This disaster shuttered the hopes and dreamsof all those who had been working hard to make that mission come true, but 4 years laterthis program was reborn of the aches of the first one, and 4 brand new satellites were ready to be launched. 15 years after that, this mission, that had been designed for only 2 years, is still healthy and producing valuable scientific measurements of the Solar Wind's interaction with the Earth's magnetosphere.

While celebrating this milestone, we realised it was time to dignify the fate of the first Cluster and time to bring out the positive things that can emerge from disaster. Pieces of the debris that were recovered from the swamps and mangroves of French Guiana are still displayed in glass cabinets at ESA, but are doomed to fall in oblivion. A chance talk with a friend got us in contact with artist Sascha Mikloweit who had previous experience in working with explosion debris. An opportunity appeared and in a short time it materialised into an artistic commission […]‘ (Sousa, Cluster II, Spacecraft Operations Manager, European Space Agency, 2015)

BIOGRAPHY

Sascha Mikloweit trained in Münster, Düsseldorf and at Central Saint Martins, London, where he was awarded an MA Fine Art in 2010. Following an interest in violence, ideology and aesthetics, his transmedial work currently uses counter-terrorism as a model to understand the dynamics of hegemonic structures, and how their manifestation feeds back into public perception.

Sascha’s work can be strangely beautiful and subconsciously disturbing. Format and medium are determined during the process of subject-specific engagement; most recently, this has involved minutely interpreting the remnants of an authentic ‘suspicious’ briefcase detonated by counter-terrorism task forces of the British Transport Police in London.

Sascha has exhibited at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, DEU; Museum of Communication Frankfurt, DEU; Museum of Communications Berlin, DEU; Static / 7th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, GBR; Associação Brasileira de Empresários de Diversões, São Paulo, BRA; Platoon Kunsthalle, Seoul, KOR; alongside 13th and 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, TUR; Goehte Institute, Warsaw, POL; SFTF Project Space, Vienna, AUT; Bargehouse, London, GBR.
His work is held in public and private collections in Europe and North America. He lives and works in Berlin.

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