The “Cyanometer” is a monument to the blueness of the sky, inspired by the original cyanometer invented by Horace-Bénédict de Saussure. His cyanometer has a blue color wheel shape, gently directing our gaze back to the sky. Baraga’s Cyanometer is both a monument and software that periodically collects images of the sky. The monolith gathers data about the blueness of the sky and the quality of air and visualises them, thus becoming an instrument that raises awareness of the quality of one of the crucial elements of life. Together with air quality data, the Cyanometer website is creating a special kind of online archive that is measuring and documenting the changes to our environment.
The “Cyanometer” is a new “nonument” from the nonument series. Nonuments are a series of Baraga’s futuristic, sci-fi and utopian installations and objects in public spaces. The first Cyanometer stands at Slovenska road, which is the central road in Ljubljana – the Green capital of Europe.
The installation was a part of the WRO Biennale 2017 DRAFT SYSTEMS program. Baraga is the laureate of The Critics and Editors of Art Magazines Award for this installation.
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Martin Bricelj Baraga (SI), artist and curator. His interactive works and audiovisual performances explore the relation between man and machine, social aspects of contemporary popular culture, future monumentalism and political dimensions of mediated realities of today. His works are usually large-scale installations in public spaces and unusual architectural contexts. He often uses light and sound as means for creating an atmosphere that challenges our perceptions. His works are questioning symbols and myths as a series of time and space-based experiments. He has collaborated with acclaimed sound artists, such as Olaf Bender, Plaid, Vector Lovers, etc. He has exhibited in many galleries and spaces worldwide, among others at ICA in London, Sonar in Barcelona, Columbia University in New York, FACT Liverpool, Kinetica ArtFair, Centro cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Kunsthaus Graz, Kaapelithas in Helsinki, Museums Quartier in Vienna, GLOW in Eindhoven. His works have been reviewed and published by the Wired, boingboing.net, Pecha Kucha, the New York Art magazine, Harper Collins, El Pais, Actar, Mladina and others.
One of his latest projects, the “DarkStar”, has won the GLOWNEXT Festival commission and was exhibited in Eindhoven with over 400.000 visitors. Another of his projects, the “Everlandia”, was one of the most visited exhibitions at the ICA London and was listed among the top five events nationwide in the “UK Times”. Baraga is the director of MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art and founder of SONICA Festival in Ljubljana.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Hit the pavement! Trace the blueness on the way from WRO Art Center to “Cyanometer”, learn a few tidbits about the blue colour, and in the end see how the installation works. The walk has a casual character, you do not have to follow a specific route. It takes about 30 minutes.
only Polish version
Conceived by Magdalena Kreis, Agnieszka Kraszewska
Next editions of CYANOMETER
In a cloud-based world, the only clouds that really matter are the ones we see in the sky.
In July 2022 two of Martin Bricelj Baraga’s Cyanometers will be installed at the Museum of Technical Collections in Dresden and nearby Lake Geneva in front of the Museum of History of Science in Geneva.
This is the third and fourth tour of the award-winning installation Cyanometer, which opened Ljubljana – Green Capital of Europe 2016 and won the Critics and Editors of Art Magazines Award at the WRO 2017, one of Europe’s largest biennales of media art.
The opening events will take place as part of the pan-European projects Night of Science (Nuit de la Science) and European Night of Museums.
Opening in Dresden: 2 July 2022 at 6 pm, Museum of Technical Collections, Junghansstraße 1-3 (entrance Schandauer Straße), as a part of the exhibition “Magic Machines” organized by the Netzwerk Medienkunst Dresden. The unveiling of Cyanometer will be accompanied by an artist talk with Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka and Martin Bricelj Baraga.
Opening in Geneva: 9 July 2022 at 7 pm, Museum of the History of Science, 128 Rue du Lausanne, Parc du Perle du Lac, Geneva, Switzerland.