Alex Trommler

Presented as legitimate scientific contraptions, this series of sculptures are steeped in technobabble and fictional applications. Depicting objective navigational systems such as gauges, graphs, and distance reticles, they also associate upon optical interfaces such as Microscopes, Telescopes, and Collimators, to diffract, refract, and reflect the viewers subjectivity.


Presented as legitimate scientific contraptions, this series of sculptures are steeped in technobabble and fictional applications. Depicting objective navigational systems such as gauges, graphs, and distance reticles, they also associate upon optical interfaces such as Microscopes, Telescopes, and Collimators, to diffract, refract, and reflect the viewers subjectivity.

TQ Hydration Meter 2015

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

With the second generation Astrogation Plotters came the first celestial mapping systems, allowing for dimensional navigational accuracy precise enough to enable Interpretive Electronic Flight (ILF). This technical leap forward came in part from developments with NITRAM sound wave technology, which this Hydration Meter was responsible for arranging and mixing. 

Located underneath and aft of the Fainswaith Trunnions, three axially placed Meurven Accelerators equalize ephemera into 6 evenly weighted Lay Pools, all routed into the Position Graphing Hub’s ILF Center Casement, ILF-CC23.  

By bending Dark Light along 4 Semi-Liquid-Crystal Latravia Matrixes, reliable mapping of the Spectral Decay Trails of Quintidium Fields can be measured in wavelengths of the more useful 4,500nm range. 


Secure Sample Station 5T

N. and J. Streim Collection 

Merion, Pennsylvania

Field Strength Tensor 2015

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

With its primary design function since superseded by more reliable technologies, the Field Strength Tensor’s secondary function as an electromagnetic field generator, remains widely in use. 

Superimposed here on an H.G. Raeningull styled Ferrometric viewing system, the main optics render Hemispherical Dimensional Graphing by tripling the amount of imbedded low energy Caladium Quasars throughout its ring. The reflected kaons and pions are switched from a parallel to a perpendicular relationship with increased stability, accuracy, and simplicity.

Originally, this style of Tensor was exclusively manufactured by Lesso-Quint Interplanetary Resources and used widely as an emissions regulating subsystem in Kleurs Microsphere Transfer Ships.

This example on loan from: 

Huguet Educational Collection 

outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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. Instead, it is superimposed on the ion field of an engine operating in less than Twenty-Over-Nine powered flight. This coincidently qualifies as an additional gauge of engine output performance, saving redundant systems weight overall. 

The Overlay Grid is occasionally called on to assist landing procedures where direct mapping of an object’s gravitational field is unavailable or unreliable. This  scenario would effectively mean a primary and secondary system malfunction encompassing the IceTar Unit including the First Wave Radar (FWR). The requirement of the Advanced RadarMain Systems to run off power from the ion engines influenced early Langram-Tannis grid design.

Image courtesy:

Huguet Navigational History 

Study Collection

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 incoming electrons along a 235nm diameter Felksinport Ionized Ring, to be distributed evenly into 14 photon beam accelerator ports serving various synchrotron radiation mapping needs throughout the UV, X, and Gamma Ray spectrums. 

As with all Synchrotron devices, the unique photon beam accelerator design maintains steady beam delivery, exclusively recirculating each beam’s characteristics to its respective Overhauser Receiver, and back. 

This Rockaway System additionally detects dip in burn output strength below any pre set Kuchel-Flairis parameters. Within the three Stability Tower Sliders, a continuous calibration of the Hydrazine and Tin molecular mixture occurs 15 times every third nanosecond.

Image courtesy:

Secure Sample Station 5.5 - D. Streim Collection 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pressure Regulator - Sections 66 j-h, 2010

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

The first Texetron Oliphant Sighters boasted relatively low magnification potential compared to their Vertascope\eF successors. This due in part to a design modification that fused Jerhinson-Lahnif subspace apertures with Ernst-Leitz superspace optics, instead of the Fresnel ones. Unfortunately, located poorly above the port Dangle Leg, the BX-Largon Nozzle (for venting Uvulus Pressure Spikes) exhausts directly onto the central chassis, a design flaw that eventually weakens the exostructure to failure. A fate however not bestowed upon this pristine example, Working Model H.A.J.909. 

Because these moving distance sighting systems had to reliably send and receive subspace communication signals while flying through gaseous systems, baffling was later added to reduce shimmy.

The last industrial production versions of the 909 Series include a blue and white Wetzlar transmitter and receiver, known as the Cone-in-One and created by ACME Industries Frozen Liquid Laser Cone research department, essentially using 20th century Leitz convex lens technology. 

Lower sections of the stack were engineered to maximize weight minimization, for example by using the structure’s tubular metal armature as a casement for the Ferrous Nanobyte Induction Clutch. 

Radiation Shield (Cross Section 12-A) 2011

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

This section, Radiation Shield 12a, was designed to absorb, reflect, and refract various forms of cosmic radiation that would degrade electronic and biologic systems in the unprotected environment of outer space. 

Section 12a was part of the first generation to be tested within the relatively harsh conditions of the Inner Van Allen Radiation Belt, located between an Earth surface distance of 640 to 58,000 km. 

Three fixed docking positions allow for Polygnagerous Calibration Techniques to be used, while the Shield’s curved surface matches the gyro-radius orbits (10 to 100 km) of targeted electrons, traveling the Inner Van Allen Belt at speeds of 200,000 km per second. 

Visible in the lower half of the image, within the wiring harness and conduit soup of the ship’s aluminum alloy hull, are the copper-coated nanobyte housing tubes protecting the pneumatic systems that support the Central Pivoting Arm (CPA). The CPA’s crossover-hemispherical range of motion allows for multi-phased positioning of the Radiation Shield, used to match solar wind modulations and allowing a ship to travel in yaw-lock relative to the plasma ejecta of the nearest star. 

The density, refractive properties, and angle of the cut-glass shield, absorb and deflect electrons in the range of a few hundredths of 1.0 KeV up to those Passive Protons with energies up to 100 MeV. 

Radiation Shield Subsatellite TX-4 was retrieved from the Radiation Belt after 4 months by the CanGram Utility Arm and returned to Earth via the Orbiting Space Lab Taxi (OSLoT). 

Technicians and scientists examining Cross Section 12a at the Dr. Shemel Mouldflourn laboratory in Southern Illinois, identified a sodium silicate offgasing plume in the upper ridge section of the glass, not resembling any of the known cosmic types. 

Three Tracer Stations, Section Orbits 2017

fused, laminated, cut and polished glass, 15x3x38cm

Located beyond the Terrence-Slattery debris belt, between the orbital periapsis of Ughara 2.1 and Vernocuous IV, a 6th planet, Johnstone 7.7.7 is depicted in this Graphic Dimensional Recreation (GDR). The recorded positions and conditions of three Helio-Satellites, visible in incandescent lighting conditions as red squares, reveal the exact movements of the second ever known successful ESaD Maneuver. 

By transposing the amplitude harmonic frequency recorded at the event and lingering within the nebula, it is evident that momentum of the satellites was reduced while altitude was increased, thereby avoiding a collision with the low orbiting A.V.I.S. Scratter Ranging Stations. 

Marked here by a red dashed line, reflective Tritronius gas cushions absorbed subspace field waves from directly impacting the vessel, allowing for piloting along the least destructive bypass route. 

It would be expected to experience a Full-Null Systems Dropout under these wave conditions, however control of the B.O.L.D. Navigational Handling Unit was maintained manually, allowing for uninterrupted 5v> 33,6 flight within the network to be maintained. 

Exceptional piloting was recognized in handling the atmospheric pressure wave spikes and range output shortfalls without losing course of the Laplace-Tanger landing angle corridor. This graphic section GDR commemorates the piloting of Chief Esad Charlie 7.

The Deep Space Ronald Reagan Communication Station, (Eaustom series Phase Booster 11d), remastered 2010

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

Eight generations of interstellar communications relay systems have been developed and deployed since the last of the DSRR-CS stations were abandoned in favor of a centrally regulated STFL (Kennedy-002) network. Despite known low performance ceilings in their hi gain reception, a primary solution to this secondary problem concerns the high power usage of the Cooling and Refraction-Mirroring Subsystem’s umbilical wiring. 

Unavoidable ‘Coolant Blowout’ from the Quadrafin-Cluster design type, results in stacked axial modulations that amplify to create disharmonies in the pulse bursts leaving the Eustom Phase Booster’s Armitage Basin. The Booster was modified with a PhillipsBuster - 80808, to better visualize neutrino flow intermodulation.

The first 78 generations of Epsilon 9 communications relays were eventually all scrapped for parts following the introduction of the Sr. GROFL Mark-2 Signal Booster, which redistributed along a centrally regulated De.Space - RRCS signal. As this projected beyond the then-current network volume and speed capacities, it was considered an upgrade. Eventually however, its speed was superseded and it was again downgraded. 

This Particular prototype (11-d) was not returned to the SERFAT archive 6F4 at Carbondale and is listed; not-operational, abandoned, or lost.

Depicted here are the Quadrafin Cluster Intermodes and their dinglaries. Various subsystem elements of this Mark-2 device have been color-coded to aid in visualizing the stack components. 

Encased in a meteor shield of pure PUB - 6 Aluminum, the quadrafin cluster can be seen suspended in a honey-drip configuration, nose aft. A cutaway   also reveals the Nuguet v.4 Plobious Unit. Any unlikely power surge reaching the Plobious Distribution Point is easily dissipated by the Rechannel Modulators (in orange) limiting exposure to one-third of a nanosecond, briefly affecting picture tint in surrounding video systems. 

Four Lead and Lanthanide transistor nodes provide Quainsphoranious Wavelength Mirror Boosting for neighboring subspace communications. Signal boosting activities along the Slanders-Appia Interstellar Communications Boulevard were however only slightly improved after their installation. 

With the structural principles of subspace signal boosting varying fundamentally from slower than light communications technology, the housing structure retains only trace similarities to the previous architecture. 

During secondary Crumble Phase Testing of the Mark-2 DSRRCS, an erroneous Ringo Wave would form during 8% of tests. The issue was corrected by mirroring the Allgau Aperture Lens off of the connecting chute’s Antimatter Bung. This equipment became the benchmark within the V.4 configuration type.

Shield Lithium Meter 2015

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

The Inter-Star Transporter (In-Sta Trans) class of medium-range freighters (produced from v.01991 onwards) are built with multiple layers of radiation shielding throughout their inner hull. This allows for extra close mapping of slingshot vectors around stars, increasing the efficiency of Racking (R) and Inverted Racking (IR) maneuvers (assuming use of an LL.2 modified Sabian Cruiser). 

The 445 times denser shielding (to that of v. 0990 and previous models) consists of about half alloy shielding and half pure types, each designed to absorb or deflect various forms of cosmic radiation. 

Connected directly through the secondary navigation system’s Trans-Mirrorglass (TM) funnel format, the Shield Lithium Meter displays an evenly distributed, naturally occurring, isotonically suspended, enriched Lithium-6 ShallowPool format.

This low mass - high efficiency radiation shield, is embedded with three components, either absorbing, deflecting, or monitoring low to mid-level radiation flows. This method is especially effective in close proximity to neutrino energy fields. 

Due to a phenomenon whereby polarized chromatic aberrations accelerate an otherwise stable Lithium-6 isotope, this Shield Lithium Meter functions best when aligned in negative eucrunditry, relative to any local high power accessor ports. 

The Liebling principle of absorptive proportionality can be monitored quickly and clearly on the face of the meter, allowing for Reactant Valve adjustment at any point. 

Image courtesy:

Huguet Headquarters Central Collection

Anthion Heavy Machinery v.11 Antimatter Field Generator - Poppet Arm Stabilization subsystem. 

View: (cutaway 14d) Looking towards Gravimetric Pump, Converter Assembly Bungs, 2017

This cutaway shows a partially disassembled Anthion v.11 Antimatter Field Generator, displayed here without its signature gold reflective paint. 

For gold version, see Astro-Physical-Plant issue 27, published by the Gold and Platinum Painting Division.

During the second third of the 440’s, the Collier Modal 246 Slingshot Technique of accelerating a ship safely to escape velocity, was eventually replaced by a Turnbo parallax powered version, partly developed at the astrophysical laboratory on Rithro 5. 

Anthion developed 67 different modules over 216 flights, with three having successful flybys of the four closest 7G waypoints in the  local sector.

Long Line Trajectories Imaging (LLTI) collected the much-needed data points to produce the navigation charts, from the Circum Stellar System (CSS), the Solar Center Circum (SCC), and the Center Stellar Colloquium (CSC). Via 8 local subspace communications relays, data was sent to various laboratories for simultaneous model building and checkout. 

Close range scans further investigated the slanting of spacetime, focusing specifically the visualization of accretion gasses along the Polar Globular and the Polar Spherical Time Funnels at the center of the local antimatter cluster.