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the Hypothetical Planet (Galleri Thomassen, Göteborg, 2008)

In the nineteenth century astronomers thought that there existed a planet between Mercury and the sun. This belief was due to some disturbances, observed in the orbit of Mercury. The hypothetical planet was named Vulcan. The existence of Vulcan couldn’t be certified since when directing the telescope towards Vulcan, any observation could just as well be a disturbance in the optics by reflections of the sun.  The sculpture is made out of a discased projector. The optics is embedded in transparency, and the optics itself creates the image of a circular planet-like projection on the wall.