The Tsiolkovsky Trick


2011/2013
Computer model, HD video (4:47 min), 3D print (3000mm x 30mm)


The Tsiolkovsky Trick assembles every freely available model of space rockets found on the Internet into one, chronologically ordered chain of our efforts to transcend gravity. The title relates to Konstantin Tsiolkovsky’s rocket equation which first suggested a staged rocket as a trick to overcome one of the most basic constraints of life on Earth, created in the context of Russian Cosmism and its imperative of the ‘common task’. Constituting a historical meta-vehicle of sorts, the work aims to ask whether we are still involved in an effort to overcome the initial conditions of life and suggests the rocket as a key artifact in this progression yet leaving open the question for its contemporary ideological drivers.













Situated Sampling Set
Island Physics
The Currency of Living Matter
The Society for Speculative Rocketry
Zero Park
Elsewheres
A History of Speculation
Seasons of the Void
Camera Futura
The Tsiolkovsky Trick
Growth Assembly
The Golden Institute
Yesterdays Today
The Greatest Show is Leaving
Export to World
Forever Future
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