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Planetary Synchronicity
Interventions on a Global Scale

Planetary Synchronicity is an ongoing series of experimental collaborative works or interventions coordinated on a global scale. With this work Alexander aims to explore ways for a better understanding of the global space as one borderless entity. The project is inspired by the phenomena of simultaneity and synchronicity and the simple fact that everything which happens now, happens at the same time, on the same planet, in the same global space, which he calls Substanzraum - the space of substance. We are all living inside one giant global space. By coordinating synchronized artistic actions around the globe and blending them together, Alexander hopes to created a more internalized awareness of "Globality" through the experience of an event in time and space, rather then an purely intellectual understanding of a conceptual fact in ones mind.

Planetary Synchronicity I: meet me half way

Planetary Synchronicity II: artists in residences

Planetary Synchronicity II
Artists in residences
Mexico, Sweden, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Theran

Alexander Johannes Heil
Planetary Synchronicity II
with contributions from:
Luis Alonso Sanchez (MX), Felix Bodin (SE), Serene Hui Sze-Lok, (HK), Rik Möhlmann (NL), O. lala (IR), Jan Segers (NL), and Katherina Heil (NL)
10:19 min.

The second experiment in this series of works is an audio-visual composition created for ‘No View, the Radio’* composed from video footage requested from artists around the globe, working in their studios during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There where only three conceptual restrictions:
1. The video must be recorded with a phone;
2. The camera must face the studio ceiling;
3. The artist must not be visible in the video.

While mobile phones lie around staring at ceilings, they listen to the space. The soundscape of the world around them is their most important source of information to make sense of their environment. While their owners work, sleep, eat, love or do any other non mobile-phone-involving-activities, they are creating a global network, which creates the potential to listen to the whole globe at once. I like the immediacy of the untreated recording. The video and sound material is left untouched, but cut and arranged as a compositional array with subtle musical approaches, emphasizing the dynamic musical characteristics of the artists working in their studios. In contrast to that, the videos of the “ceiling gazing phones” is static. They appear more like abstract paintings.’

Participating artists:
Luis Alonso Sanchez, Tijuana (MX)
Felix Bodin, Stockholm (SE)
Rik Möhlmann, The Hague (NL)
Serene Hui Sze-Lok, 香港 (HK)
Jan Sengers, Den Haag (NL)
O. lala, Theran (IR)
Katherina Heil, The Hague (NL)

*No View, the Radio at West Den Haag, curated by Alex Andropoulus

© 2021 Alexander Johannes Heil