Overview

Panamarenko Belgium / 1940 - 2019
Magnetic fields (1979)

 

Exhibition
"La collection du Musée d'Art Contemporain de Gand. L'Arte Povera, l'art conceptuel et les mythologies individuelles en Europe" Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montréal 1983
"De verzameling van het MHK, Gent" RMS, Balen 1984
"Le plein vert" Cayeux-sur-Mer 1984
"Panamarenko. Arbeiten 1966-1985" Städtisches Bodensee Museum, Friedrichshafen 1985, nr. 25
"Panamarenko. Een overzicht 1965-1985" M HKA, Antwerp 1989, nr. 33
"Panamarenko" Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuyama, Kamakura 1992-93, nr. 28
"Panamarenko, de retrospectieve" KMSKB, Brussels 2006, exhib. cat., nr. 32 ill.
"Panamarenko Universum" M HKA, Antwerp 2014-15, exhib. cat., p. 122 ill.
Literature
"Panamarenko. A Book by Hans Theys" Published by Frank Van Haecke & Isy Brachot 1992, nr. 79 ill.
"Panamarenko" Jon Thompson, Ludion 2001
MAGNETIC FIELDS (1979)

"Real space travel stands or falls with rocket technology, because that is the only principle that works in space. In my opinion, in order to boost up space travel again, we must look into the already existing interplanetary forces of the universe. One of these forces in particular seems extremely interesting to me: the magnetic fields."

In preparation for the construction of a large interstellar magnetic spaceship, Panamarenko started his search in the mid-1970s for energy sources that were powerful enough to get a flying saucer out of the atmosphere and beyond the reach of gravity. An experiment from 1979 that he calls "Magnetic Fields" shows that an electromagnetic drive offers the greatest chance of success. In 1979 he built a first test set-up on a wooden table with capacitors and copper coils. To get to know the functioning of magnetic fields and other interplanetary forces, he delves deeper into ufology and electromagnetism, which ultimately results in the project 'Journey to the stars'. It's the name for a variety of flying and floating dishes he designs. He gradually develops space theories and bundles them as 'Toymodel of Space.

("Panamarenko Universum" M HKA, Antwerp 2014-15, exhibition catalogue p. 122)

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