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Antipodes II (31st April 2011)

Earth with antipodal Looking through the Camera at the end the tunnel, monitor for transmission at its start
The idea: to create the impression of achieving a view through the earth's midpoint Place a camera at one antipode and transmit its recording to a screen placed at the other
Look into the antipodal sky or see the person who is as far away as possible Duplicate the installation to enable communication Install a second camera and a second screen to show the antipodes' surroundings
Look into the antipodal sky or view a person who is as far away as possible Duplicate the installation to enable communication Install a second camera and a second screen to show the surroundings of the antipodes
Duplicate the entire installation Build a well-type structure for the internal camera and screen to symbolise the end of a tunnel Find suitable a location; ideally  two antipodal towns
Duplicate the entire installation

Build a well-type structure for the internal camera and screen, in order to symbolise the end of a tunnel

Find a suitable a location; ideally two antipodal towns
Map: Europe Map: Europe's antipodes in the Pacific Ocean
Europe's antipodes are located almost entirely in the waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Map: New Zealand's antipodes in Spain, Portugal, and Morocco Map: Spain, Portugal, and Morocco's antipodes in New Zealand
An exception to this, are some areas found on the Iberian Peninsula,
which are situated opposite areas of New Zealand.
Map: Olvera in Spain Map: Auckland in New Zealand
On the corresponding mainland areas, three pairs of towns alone form exact antipodes.
These include the Spanish town Olvera (and a few neighbouring villages), which are antipodal to the city of Auckland.
Satellite image: Olvera and the Pueblos Blancos in Andalucia Satellite image: Antipodes of Olvera and the Pueblos Blancos on the city area of Auckland
The satellite image shows the location of Olvera and its neighbouring villages (left),
and the position of their antipodes on Auckland's territory.
Satellite image: The school in Olvera and the antipodes of the school in Auckland Satellite image: The school in Auckland and the antipodes of the school in Olvera
Two schools - the Instituto de Educación Secundaria Zaframagón in Olvera and Waikowhai Intermediate School
which is located in Auckland's Mount Roskill district - were won over as local partners
for the project and agreed to construct the installation.
The two schools' precise antipodal position differs by approximately 600 meters.
The two schools' precise antipodal position differs by approximately 600 meters.
Waikowhai Intermediate School built the installation on the premises of St. John's Vianney, a Catholic church "opposite" the I.E.S. Zaframagon. Both schools were free to design the installation according to the given technical premises, and asked to plan a small event. From Waikowhai Intermediate School to St. John's Vianney
  From Waikowhai Intermediate School to St. John's Vianney
The site in the patio of the I.E.S. Zaframagon The site at St. John's Vianney during set-up
The site in the patio of the I.E.S. Zaframagon The site at St. John's Vianney during set-up

The two installations were connected on March 31st 2011, at around sunrise, in Olvera (= sunset in Auckland). Only at his time of the day, would some natural light be simultaneously available at both antipodes (all other times would have meant darkness at either antipode). The event lasted for an hour, starting at 07:45 h (Central European Summer Time) / 18:45 (New Zealand Standard Time); sunrise/sunset being approximately in the middle. Each school staged a series of small presentations, introducing themselves and aspects of their culture. After this, the virtual tunnel was opened so that people could look through it.

The antipodal event bound to begin before sunrise in Olvera The antipodal event bound to begin before sunset in Auckland
Welcome speech by the principal of the Spanish school Welcome speech by the principal of the Auckland school
Antipodal well in Olvera Students' dance and Maori chant performace in Auckland
A Spanish student introducing Andalucia An Auckland student introducing her place
Sunrise in Olvera Sunset in Auckland
Transmission from external camera in Auckland on screen in Olvera Presentation in front of external camera in Auckland
Flamenco performance Olvera Transmission from external camera in Olvera on screen in Auckland
Semana Santa presentation, students in Olvera Farewell greetings arriving in Auckland
Antipodal meeting at the well Antipodal meeting at the well
Antipodal meeting at the well Antipodal meeting at the well
Looking through the earth from Olvera to Auckland Looking through the earth from Auckland to Olvera


Videos
English Version
Spanish Version
Play video: Concept and Preparations (in English)
Play video: The Event (in English)
Repentizar video: Concepto y Preparación (en Español)
Repentizar video: El Evento (en Español)

Special thanks to:

Instituto de Educación Secundaria Zaframagón, Olvera: Juan Luis Ortega (general co-ordination), Salvador Diaz (technology and logistics), Maria del Carmen Marquez (translations and organisational support), Maribel del Olmo (choreography), and all the students for their amazing presentations!

Waikowhai Intermediate School, Auckland: Liz Wood (general co-ordination), Mick Pentz (technology and logistics), and all the students for their amazing presentations!

St. John's Vianney Catholoic Church, Auckland: Kind permission to use their estate and facilities.



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