Aether

Martin Healy

Description

‘In 1907 writer and utopian architectural visionary Paul Scheerbart began a two and a half year quest to build a perpetual motion machine believing that the machine would offer the world access to free energy. Scheerbart imagined the invention would undo the established social order, destabilising the financial institutions of the day and potentially have a significant impact on the planet. The quest was documented in a diary, first published in 1910, which chronicles Scheerbart’s efforts and failures to produce the machine he imagined would have radical consequences for society. During the course of the book he posits many imagined futures that would result from this invention including the possibility of economic collapse and a calamitous effect on the ecology of the earth. The diary includes 26 diagrams of the various incarnations of the ‘machine’.Scheerbart believed the answer to the quest lay in the gravitational pull of the earth, an incomprehensible force that tied us to the planet, which could potentially be harnessed to act as the catalyst for the machine. This film takes this cosmological connection as a starting point and expands on it, making associations with the original search for the Aether. The environment of Scheerbart’s studio was recreated as a set for the interior scenes with the camera wandering through the various apparatuses, drawings and mechanisms in which the machine was designed.’

(Sourced from http://www.martinhealy.net/index.php/film-video/aether-info/ on Dec 10th 2016)

Details
Title

Aether

Year

2014

Creator

Martin Healy

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Short

Genre

Biographical

Subject

Paul Scheerbart (1863-1915); energy; gravity; perpetual motion

Language

English

Duration

00:11:00

Original format

Digital: Apple Pro Res 422

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Colour

Sound

Sound

Rights

Martin Healy

Artist website

http://www.martinhealy.net/

Link to work

https://vimeo.com/113719914