Meteoroid Instrument (Muonionalusta)
The molten core of a protoplanet, one of the earliest bodies to take shape during the formation of our solar system, hurls through space for 4.5653 billion years. After a violent collision that rips it out of the planetary disk that will eventually become our solar system, it cools down a few degrees Celsius every 100’000 years. It cools down so slowly, that its atoms interlock to form a kind of crystallised metal. It finally collides with Earth about 1 million years ago and is transported through four ice ages to the Tundra of Sweden near the Muonio river.
Using techniques perfected over years by artists such as Pinuccio Sciola in Sardinia, Italy and Svaram in Pondicherry, India, this iron from the sky is made to vibrate at it’s very own resonant frequencies, thus giving physical form to the sounds of the stars. Meteoric iron was the first source of metal for the earliest humans to produce artifacts, such as blades or coins. It is probably the oldest thing you will ever touch.
Robin Meier is a Swiss artist and composer exploring the emergence of natural and artificial intelligence and the role of humans in a world of machines. He tries to make sense of these questions through his installations, objects and compositions. Referred to as “Artist of the future” (le Monde), “Maestro of the Swarm” (Nature) or just “pathetic” (Vimeo) his works are shown in international venues and events such as Palais de Tokyo, FIAC and Musée d’Art Moderne Paris, Art Basel Switzerland, Shanghai Biennale or the Eli Broad Art Museum in Lansing Michigan. Robin Meier also works as a computer music designer for IRCAM / Centre Pompidou (Paris), CIRM (Nice) and various other institutions or ensembles.
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