Alchemy of Knowledge

“Alchemy of Knowledge” takes you on an exploratory journey from the desolate tundra of Kilpisjärvi in Finland to the atmospheric stratosphere by means of weather balloon. Attached to this delicate vessel is ‘the device’: a self-contained sterilised mobile processing unit able to capture and analyse fragments of information direct from the air. By mining and refining this data the device gains mass and begins to make the perilous return to ground level, narrowly avoiding obstacles in its way. However, even reaching a final touchdown does not mean that the mission is ensured the expected success.

“Alchemy of Knowledge” was commissioned by Birmingham Open Media (BOM) for the “Atmospheric Encounters” exhibition (May 19th 2021 – Aug 28th 2021).

Location filming in Kilpisjärvi Finland by the HAB team, all other filming by Alex May. CGI and visuals rendered, composited, and edited using Blender.

Soundtrack by Alex May, incorporating attribution licensed samples from by
tombenedict, caquet, inspectorj, juskiddink, mrauralization, freemaster2, bosk1, and nox-sound.


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