Magna Mutatio / Gelu
Magna Mutacio is the title of a series of works that explore the transformation of a selected territory over time, specifically the transformation of cities, landscapes, bodies of water and glacial formations. European Space Agency satellite data are used for this analysis. The transformation of the territory is mapped, which, given its size and the long period of observation, could not be perceived from the viewer's perspective. The work thus offers a macro view of the subject.
The Magna Mutatio / Gelu light video installation focuses on the transformation of six glaciers over six years - Bear Glacier (Alaska), Glacier Grey (Chile), Byrd (Antarctica) and Sermeq Kujalleq, Nordenskiold and Helheim in Greenland. The whole project is inspired by the research of Livia Jakob and her study "Spatially and temporally resolved ice loss in High Mountain Asia and the Gulf of Alaska observed by CryoSat-2 swath altimetry between 2010 and 2019", in which he discusses a new way of mapping glaciers using a radar altimeter. This technique makes it possible to monitor inaccessible glacier areas. Magna Mutatio / Gelu's process, like Jacob's, uses datasets from ESA, whose Copernicus programme is involved in remote sensing of the Earth and provides records from the Sentinel 1-5 space satellites, which examine the Earth's surface using radar and electromagnetic sensing.
The transformation of the glaciers can be observed on six translucent displays that connect the virtual layer of reality being explored with the tangible reality of the gallery. In the generative videos, the acquired data is represented by a pigment dissolving in time and showing the transformation of the observed areas.