(1999, 5:00', loop) A glowing sun, its royal suite of classical planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn draw their timeless and silent circles above a carpet; on the back wall, the projection of a girl and an old woman walking in front of an exterior brick facade.
Inspired by an account, according to which, in 1628, a sick Pope Urban VIII urged Tommaso Campanella (†1639), the author of the utopian novel „Solar State," to protect him from an impending eclipse, which he interpreted as a fatal omen. Campanella installed a magic planetarium. Two lamps allegorized the sun and the moon, five torches stood for the planets. Also some special jewels, plants, perfumes or colors corresponding with the benevolent planets Jupiter and Venus. On the day of the eclipse he and the pope locked themselves up in that room. They played “ Jovian and Venusian music” and were full of hope their little, well tempered cosmos would to protect the pope against the eclipse outside.
This computer animation is part of the triptych "My Own Private Universe," on permanent display (rear projection) in the Swisscom Management building near Bern, Switzerland.