Unlike its name might suggest, the Quadrature collective is actually made of three Berlin-based artists who are interested in art, light and robotics. Jan Bernstein, Juliane Götz and Sebastian Neitsch met ten years ago at Burg Giebichenstein, the University of Art and Design of Halle, Germany. They all share a love for machines and outer space. They make installations and machines, as well as sound or audiovisual performances such as projection mapping. Their field of research gravitates towards the intersection between the physical and digital worlds, between art and science.
Satelliten is a drawing machine that recreates the trajectory of satellites that pass us by, in real time and on a map. The machine draws the lines of their trajectory on a 10cm2 square until they disappear from the horizon. Gradually, the square is filled with lines until the map's information disappears, as well as the former trajectories. The result always depends on the location of the installation. That being said, one can notice that the passages detected by the machine are far more frequent in Western countries, as opposed to more remote locations where the satellite's activities are lower. Satelliten shows us what is invisible to the naked eye. This project won an honorary mention in the hybrid art category of the Prix Ars Electronica 2015 in Austria.