Syn Chron

Berlin, Germany
2005
 

Space sculpture

The intention of Syn Chron is to create an integral sculpture of light, sound and architecture. The central object, focus and display is an accessible crystal-shaped body. Syn Chron is part of a program of performances organized by the association "Freunde guter Musik" at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.

Skin

A translucent skin serves as the interface for the synchronized display of light and sound, both on the interior and exterior of the crystal. The interior space at the same time serves as an acoustic resonance body and projection surface.

Plan

The crystal-shaped body has a maximum extension of 10 m x 6 m with a maximal height of 4.5 m. The primary structural element is a steel tube structure following the outline of the crystal (aluminum honeycomb core and epoxy resin skin). The joint between the primary construction and the panels is formed by a milled POM-profile, onto which closable low profile fasteners fix the panels. The weight of the primary structure is 3.2 tons, whereas the panels have an overall weight of 860 kg. Material, panel sizes and joint techniques were designed for rapid assembly and easy transport.

Sound

Sound is created and transmitted by exciters fixed onto the exterior surface of the crystal. Light is projected onto the polygonal surfaces via four laser beams.

Material

Structure: steel tubes – diameter 11.43 cm; walls 6.3 mm; steel quality s355
Panels: sandwich, core ECM aluminum honeycomb structure, double skin glass Fiber epoxy 0.3 mm, d 30 mm Connection profile les: POM poly-oxy-methylate assembly fitting: dual lock fastener

Context

After its stay in Berlin, Syn Chron heads to the SIA Congress, Biennale in Bern (CH) and the Center for Arts and Media in Yamaguchi (JP).

Project Data

Program

The intention of "Syn Chron" is the creation of an integral sculpture bringing together light, sound and architecture. The interior space is both a resonance body and a projection surface. The sound is created and transmitted by many excitators hanged on the exterior skin of the crystal. The light is projected on the polygonal surfaces by four lasers.

Status: completed 2005

Location: first opening: Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany

Cost: 200,000 €

Surface: 200 m²

 

Team

Art concept and composition: Carsten Nicolai, Berlin. Architecture: LIN Architects Urbanists, Finn Geipel (partner in charge), Giulia Andi. Artistic and Architectural Assistance: David Lettelier; Structure: Werner Sobek, WSI, Stuttgart, NY; Curators: Ingrid Buschmann and Gabriele Knapstein; Technical production: Rob Feigel; Production space sculpture: Idea, Berlin; Laser source: Jenoptik; Jena; Laser technology and programming: Sollinger, Berlin; Audio technology: ELAC, Berlin; Sound programming: NIBO, Tokyo; Commissioned by: Freunde guter Musik e.V. Berlin in collaboration with Neue Nationalgalerie and MaerzMusik; Made possible by grants from Ernst Schering Foundation and the Hauptstadtkulturfonds; Photography: Christian Gahl

 

 

Space sculpture
BSY-02-ESS-LIN-Crystalline structure, photo: Christian Gahl
Image 1/6 BSY-02-ESS-LIN-Crystalline structure, photo: Christian Gahl
Skin
 BSY-03-ESS-LIN-Internal view, photo: Christian Gahl
Image 2/6 BSY-03-ESS-LIN-Internal view, photo: Christian Gahl
Plan
 BSY-05-ESS-LIN-Plan
Image 3/6 BSY-05-ESS-LIN-Plan
Sound
BSY-04-ESS-LIN-Technical integrationof exciters, photo: Christian Gahl
Image 4/6 BSY-04-ESS-LIN-Technical integrationof exciters, photo: Christian Gahl
Material
 BSY-06-ESS-LIN-Detail of material application, photo: Christian Gahl
Image 5/6 BSY-06-ESS-LIN-Detail of material application, photo: Christian Gahl
Context
BSY-07-ESS-LIN-Dismantelled, photo: Christian Gahl
Image 6/6 BSY-07-ESS-LIN-Dismantelled, photo: Christian Gahl
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