+b (ORBIT)

Michael Saup (DE), Andrea Winter (DE), Andreas Erhart (DE)

+b (ORBIT) shows Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Map of the earth built from multiple layers of white industrial sugar cubes and illuminated by the complete sequence of all nuclear explosions from 1945 until now. Using the cubes as three-dimensional pixels, +b emphasizes the intimate relationship between information, energy, resources and their impact on society and nature. +b stages the most extreme power released by humankind, irreversibly transforming the atmosphere and igniting the epoch of the nuclear Anthropocene with its application and supposed mastery of atomic power.

+b (ORBIT) / Michael Saup (DE), Andrea Winter (DE), Andreas Erhart (DE), Credit: vog.photo

The work illustrates how this mastery is really the reiteration of a profound error and the subsequent compounding of that error. We keep on making mistakes. Some of these errors are extraordinarily beautiful and useful, some are terrifyingly destructive with long-term planetary impact, and many are both.


Co-produced by Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau e.V. with the help of The Buckminster Fuller Institute, die wellenmaschine, Silke and Uwe Buhrdorf, Shuichi Fukazawa, Ulf Langheinrich, David McConville, Robert W. Gray, Knut Bressgott, Karolina Funk, Acci Baba, Endre Ketzel, Li Alin, Nicole Pesant Méalin, Rosa-Lee Sendlinger, Nadine Bors and openframeworks