Visiting Artist Lecturer Tim Otto Roth Speaks at the BBOX Sept 29th

The School for Professional and Continuing Studies will be hosting a lecture by Tim Otto Roth the evening of Thursday, September 29, 2011 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the BBox. Tim has been working with Space Telescope Science Institute and the Maryland Science Center on a laser art exhibit titled From the Distant Past, see description below.  We’ve asked Tim to briefly discuss his past and current  urban projects; how he interpreted and worked with Hubble data to create the exhibit; and the logistics of installing the exhibit (community, MDScience Center, STScI, etc.). He will then take questions from the audience.

In collaboration with the Space Telescope Science Institute the German artist Tim Otto Roth will present a spectacular light art exhibit this Autumn in Baltimore and New York City. From the Distant Past is not only an extraordinary art & science project in public space about the origins of the universe, it is also an artistic reflection on the phenomenon of colour by the means of concept art using laser light as a minimalist tool of graphical notation.
In the evenings from 2 October – 25 November green animated waves will pulse over the corrugated steel facade of the Maryland Science Center at the Inner Harbour of Baltimore. This wave patterns recalling anthropomorphic associations with a heartbeat or a brain wave tell us a story about the oldest colours in the universe. These undulations projected by a green high power laser represent so called spectra which result from dispersion of the celestial light by a prism or a grating. These spectra recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope are a minimalist representation of the most distant objects in the universe.

In general, the question how light is bound into an image is one of the driving forces in Tim’s career. So his special interest as an artist in astrophysics is due to the sophisticated concepts of colour in astronomy but also its very long tradition of creating pictures. In 2003, he started his first project related to astronomy with a public light façade in Munich. For this pixel trip on the retinas of particle and astrophysics he was awarded the International Media Art Award by the Center for Art and Media ZKM Karlsruhe in 2004. In the very same year he was awarded with the German light art award LUX.US and he visited as the first artist the Paranal Observatory of the European Southern Observatories (ESO) in Chile. A residency at the ESO headquarter Garching in 2009 resulted finally in the collaboration with Bob Fosbury reflecting the origins of the colours in the universe. Much attention was given to his project oscillating between particle and astrophysics: “Cosmic Revelation” ( This transformed the cosmic ray detector array of the KASCADE experiment at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology into a giant flashing light field of 40 000 sqm eliciting associations to Walter de Marias Lightning Field.

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