carsten nicolai

tired light (series)

since 2007
piezo-pigmentprint on handmade paper, polyester mounted aluminium frame
180 x 130 cm each
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this series of works engages with the hypothetical phenomenon of the so-called tired light. the term was suggested in 1929 by fritz zwicky to discribe that photons might slowly lose energy as they travel vast distances through a static universe by interaction with matter or other photons, or by some novel physical mechanism. since a decrease in energy corresponds to an increase in light's wavelength, this effect would produce a redshift in spectral lines that increase proportionally with the distance of the source. the tired lights follow this idea by creating formal abstractions for decreasing light intensity on a two-dimensional level.