Astronomical database and synthesizers
For 20 years, many scientific teams have been searching for exoplanets. Using various techniques, these stellar bodies are being discovered at an increasing rate. These discoveries are shared and uploaded regularly.
Exoplanets is an automated diaporama that uses scientific databases, a computer, a quadrophonic sound system and a synthesizer. To carry out this project, I initially programmed a datamining-1 software. Each day, the system probes scientific sites on the internet in order to download the latest list of exoplanets. As new discoveries are added to the official lists, the software downloads the corresponding image of the solar system and adds it to the diaporama. Afterwards, a mathematical formula evaluates the radio waves emitted by the exoplanet. This simulation is then interpreted as a score by a synthesizer that “plays” the frequencies calculated by the software.
In 2010, during the fist presentation of the installation, around 180 exoplanets were known. The diaporama therefore lasted 40 minutes before completing the loop. In June 2015, the system had more than 1900, for a duration of 7 hours. Just in our galaxy Astronomers estimate the quantity of exoplanets to be 1.6 billion. Hence, in the near future hundreds of thousands of exoplanets will have been discovered. According to this logic, it is inevitable that the diaporama will no longer be able to close the loop.