5V

2017
site specific installation
campfire, wood, steel, thermoelectric generator, cables, electronics

Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017
10.6. – 1.10.2017

Skulptur Projekte visitors are invited to charge their phone at a bonfire at the Pumpenhaus Münster. In the tradition of backing bread on a stick (Germany) or holding a sausage over a camp fire these custom made charger sticks produce 5V electricity, enough to charge the common smart phone. With help of the thermoelectric effect the heat of the fire is directly converted into electricity. As long as the thermo generator attached to the top of the stick is exposed to the flames it generates power. The user can attach his/her phone to the stick which is equipped with multi plug charging cable. Visitors gather around the warmth fire, charge their phones and have a chat.

5V is one of three works which were commissioned and produced by Skulptur Projekte Münster. Each of these different site specific works incoporate thermo electric technology. Thermo generators convert heat from fire directly into electricity which then is used to power different state of the art electronic devices. Fire, which is in fact the first human technology serves as a power source and as catalyst for human communication.

Aram Bartholl, 2017

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