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Patrick Pollmeier

We know what Einstein looks like, we even know his formula e=mc2, but do we know what it means? For everyone who wasn’t paying attention in physics class, student Patrick Pollmeier (Germany) built and photographed complicated concepts like black holes, the fourth dimension and the theory of relativity.

Lights all Askew in the Heavens

When the moon slides in front of the sun on May 29, 1919, astronomer Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington stands ready behind his camera. His photos show how the light of the stars is deflected by the sun’s gravity. He was the first to photographically prove Albert Einstein’s relativity theory.

Relativity theory

Almost a century later Patrick Pollmeier (Germany, 1992), student at Bielefeld art school, is just as enchanted by Einstein’s relativity theory. ‘An idea so big and complex, that it radically changed the way we think about time and space’, he says. Einstein has become a symbol for ‘complicated thoughts’, says Pollmeier: his face and his formula e=mc2 are printed on t-shirts, posters and coffee mugs.

Fourth dimension

Yet few people know what it means. Concepts like spacetime, black holes and the fourth dimension are hard to grasp. How do you visualise these abstractions? Armed with his digital camera and smartphone, Pollmeier photographer the sets and installations he built. In the tradition of Sir Eddington, he hopes to contribute to a better understanding of these important theories.