Observed fall, 2010
OK Zentrum Linz, Linz Triennale
Installation:
Lone Wanderer, sculpture out of wood and canvas, burned sparklers
Fallbeispiele, audioloop, 3 min. Ohne Titel, videoloop, 2 min.
Observed Fall, 22 x inkjet and silkscreen on paper, framed

The term to observe has different meanings in German. It could be, amongst others, translated as beobachten (watch), wahrnehmen (perceive), bemerken (notice) or u?berwachen (control, surveil).
In the work Observed Fall the main subject is the fall of a meteorite, an incident that in the moment of its occurrence was only observed by someone who was able to listen to the sound of the falling meteorite. No one actually saw the falling object, but the impact coincidentally took place in the garage and also in the car of a residence in the countryside of Illinois. Therefore it was later possible to reconstruct the details of the event.
The different parts of the installation observed fall all refer to the text The Benld Meteorite from 1938 by Ben Hur Wilson. The 22 images on the wall show two versions of this text, which in large parts has been blackened out, so that only a few passages are left to read. The first version presents numbers, dates and concrete information about size, form, material and position of the found meteorite. In the second version one can read all statements of subjective perception of the incident, as well as of the piece of rock and the described
reconstruction of the fall and impact.

The lone wanderer
The object in the middle of the room refers to the reconstruction of the impact, as described in the original text. The levels of the space in which the meteorite crashed in are represented in abstract white panels which correspond in angle and distance to each other with the original scenery of the garage. Through the positions of the holes that mark these panels, a tiny line of burned sparklers depict the trajectory of the fallen object. The sparklers were burned in the dark exhibition space a night before the opening. In the exhibition an accelerated video of the burning is presented on a monitor and shows a small light dashing from the ceiling of the room down through the object. The author states in the end of his description that the meteorite was probably a lone wanderer which means that there weren´t any other meteorite falls next to the Benld meteorite
in that time.

Fallbeispiele
Another part of the installation are headphones on which one could hear different examples of airplane dives. They refer to the only testimony who has been found decribing the moment of impact: the neighbor Mrs. Crum „was suddenly startled by a great roar, which she described as being like an airplane going into a power dive. This lasted only an instant(...)“.