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a baby that stays a baby, because it wants to develop something that we are wont to forget - to take time.

it was formed during a timehole by red white with special support of ulrich hirzel at chateau de monthelon, bourgogne, france. brought to life with know how and help of cynthia schwertsik and klaus filip. bigbaby was first awoken on the 9.9.1999 at the place of its birth.

"If you watch the curve of science and everything we know, it shoots up like a rocket. We're on this rocket and we're going perfectly vertical into the stars. But the emotional intelligence of humankind is equally if not more important than our intellectual intelligence. We're just as emotionally illiterate as we were 5,000 years ago; so emotionally our line is completely horizontal. The problem is the horizontal and the vertical are getting farther and farther apart. And as these things grow apart, there's going to be some kind of consequence of that." (G.L., wired 2/97)

the different modes of the sculpture:

1: by daylight, or in a lighted space - it is a static object with sound.

2: at night, or in a dark space - it sleeps, glowing, roaming and sounding from the inside.

3: bigbaby wakes up with the assistance of people, who through their actions like the altering and adjusting of light, the production of sounds and the simple human pleasure of movement cast shadow of themselves and other paraphernalia onto its opaque skin.

mp3's:
babytalk_128k babytalk_48k
babyloops_128k babyloops_48k

the performance:

picture a spaceship, people inside a very limited space, unaware of the surrounding world beyond - but observable from the outside.

life inside the bigbaby is visible through it's surface - to be seen as ever changing shadows & colours, to be heard in fragments of language, growing & falling, changing size & dimension.

text by peter kloser(art historian) on the subject of bigbaby (in german language)

dimensions:

    length: 5,50 m
    width: 1,88 m
    height: 3,50 m
    weight: 1000 kg

skin:

    steel
    acrylglass (sandblasted)
    oak, ash

interior:

    ca 50 dimmable 12v lamps, manual- or computer controlled
    soundsystem, electronics
    12v truck-batteries
    motors, air, water, helium

transport:

    with baby's own truck & trailer