Alex Trommler



Presented as legitimate scientific contraptions, this seres of sculptures are steeped in technobabble and fictional applications. They depict objective navigational systems such as gauges, graphs, and distance reticles, as well as optical interfaces like Microscopes, Telescopes, and Optical Collimators, to bend, refract, and reflect the viewers subjectivity.

FICTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES


Presented as legitimate scientific contraptions, this seres of sculptures are steeped in technobabble and fictional applications. They depict objective navigational systems such as gauges, graphs, and distance reticles, as well as optical interfaces like Microscopes, Telescopes, and Optical Collimators, to bend, refract, and reflect the viewers subjectivity.

TQ Hydration Meter 2015

cast, fused, laminated, screen-printed, cut and polished glass, 35x32cm

This mapping system combines a Position Graphing along with a Semi-Liquid Crystal Latravia Filter to acquire spectral decay trails residing at wavelength bands between 1500 and 4500nm within the Quintidium Field.

Field Strength Tensor 2015

cast, fused, laminated, screen-printed, cut and polished glass, 34x19x44cm

While its primary design function has been superseded by much less complex technological innovations, the Field Strength Tensors' secondary function as optical display instrument to describe the electromagnetic field of a physical system remains state of the art. Most interestingly it will graph using relatively low energy Laladium Quazars in series as well as in parallel and can display in real time all relevant relationships between muons, kaons, and pions within the system. This style of Tensor is manufactured by and used as redundant navigational system by the Kleur's in the Microsphere. 

Rendezvous Overlay Grid 2015

cast, fused, laminated, screen-printed, cut and polished glass, 32x21x40cm

During orbital docking maneuvers, this grid is primarily not used for docking, but is focused rather onto the ion field emitted from an engine as redundant means to gauge output performance. It can also be used to land on an object by mapping a gravitational field. 

Stability Rockaway 2015

cast, fused, laminated, screen-printed, cut and polished glass, 32x21x40cm

Fused to a base of Goglomite and Lanthium using the Randium Process, a convex lens focuses electrons in a 235-Nm-circumference ring equipped with 14 photon beam ports to serve various synchrotron radiation needs in the uv and X-Ray regions. As with all synchrotron devices, there is a premium on maintaining the photon beams on target.

Pressure Regulator 2010

blown, cast, laminated, cut and polished glass, various metals, 44x 44x120cm

Radiation Shield (Cross Section 12-A) 2011

cast, cut and polished glass, various metals, 60x28x48cm

This Radiation Shield is intended to absorb and reflect various forms of cosmic radiation that can degrade human tissue and electronic circuitry in the unprotected environment of outer space. 

This section of the shield (12-A) was part of the first generation to be tested within the relatively harsh conditions of the Inner Van Allen Radiation Belt at a distance of 650 to 6,300 km above earth’s surface. 

Visible above the wiring harnesses and conduits is the spaceship’s aluminum and steel hull, within which sits the copper housing for the Central Pivoting Arm. The Arm’s hemispherical range of motion allows for unencumbered positioning of the glass Radiation Shield as well as providing three fixed docking positions. 

The Shield’s geometric curve matches the relatively tiny ‘gyro-radius’ orbits (10 to 100 km) of the targeted electrons that whiz around the Inner Van Allen Belt at speeds of 200,000 km per second. The density and refractive properties of the hand cut glass have proven able to also absorb and/or deflect electron as well as proton particles. 

In 2010 the Radiation Shield Experimental Satellite TX-4 was retrieved from its orbit by the Space Shuttle Discovery and returned intact to the Earth. Technicians and scientists examining Cross Section 12-A at a lab in Southern Illinois were able to identify a gaseous plume of absorbed sodium silicate in the upper ridge section that has yet to be fully explained. Overall, the theory and engineering have proven to be sound and development of the second generation is underway. 

Three Tracer Stations, Section Orbits 2017

fused, laminated, cut and polished glass, 15x3x38cm

The Deep Space Ronald Regan Communication Station 2010

engraved, fused, cut and polished float glass, metal and wood, 60x60x121cm

Shield Lithium Meter 2015

cast, fused, laminated, screen-printed, cut and polished glass, 23x5cm

This shield meter consists primarily of a natural isotopic distribution of enriched lithium-6 used as a radiation shield, and is comprised of three components that absorb, deflect, and monitor radiation flow throughout low energy neutron fields.