Christian Waldvogel

Christian Waldvogel lives in Zürich, Switzerland, and works as an artist, architect, author and programmer. He views himself as a conceptual artist that deals with humanity as a species, on a planet and in the universe. He believes that understanding the “world” as such, that having a real sense of its properties and character as a sphere orbiting a star, enables us to achieve the sense of context necessary to become truly global citizens. In this respect, he creates projects that encourage people to look at life from an outside perspective with a critical distance.

For Free Enterprise, Waldvogel presents a variation on his installation, The Earth Turns Without Me, 2010, using various media. In this project, the Earth’s rotation was cancelled by travelling westward across the Alps at the speed at which the Earth turns in Switzerland (1158 km/h). He worked with the Swiss Air Force, flying in a two-seated Tiger F–5F. While the Earth was turning from Glarus to Lucerne, so to speak, the plane did not turn along. Having transformed the rear cockpit into a pinhole camera, Waldvogel documented the four-minute long standstill by taking a picture of the Sun, which resulted in a point, and is documented on a print in the exhibition. Waldvogel would thus, from the perspective of the sun, stand still — and this is what can be seen in the video: the Earth as it turns.

Artist website
http://www.waldvogel.com
Video documentation of The Earth Turns Without Me
https://vimeo.com/41549737

 

• images 1-6: Chris Waldvogel, The Earth Turns Without Me, 2010, various media. In this project, the Earth’s rotation was cancelled by travelling westward across the Alps at the speed at which the Earth turns in Switzerland (1158 km/h). Photos courtesy of the artist.