David Mrugala


David Mrugala is a German architect, designer, educator and lives in Asia for the past 10 years, currently in Seoul, Korea. David’s work is characterized by his multidisciplinary background and ranges from urban and architectural to visual and generative narratives. Besides architecture, he launched thedotisblack, a widely known online platform for research design that aims at the development of design knowledge through generative drawings with an emphasis on natural science studies, sound analysis and data visualization. David’s work has been widely published, including exhibitions, screenings  and installations.


David Mrugala, a still from Audiovisual Collage: Earth, Sputnik-1, Sun, Interstellar Mission, 2017, single channel video, 2 minutes 42 seconds, black and white,  sound

Audiovisual Collage: Earth, Sputnik-1, Sun, Interstellar Mission


The video is a collage of four audiovisuals: Sounds of Earth, Sputnik-1, Sun and the Interstellar Mission. The collage is part of a large series of audiovisuals that reflects on the complexity and aesthetics of celestial sounds and attempts to engage the viewer/listener with a unique aural and visual experience of celestial audio patterns. Sound does not exist nor travels through the vacuum of space though. Sound in space exists in form of electromagnetic vibrations or complex interactions of charged electromagnetic particles from the solar wind, ionospheres and planetary magnetospheres. These interactions form an interrelationship across the vastness of space and are recorded by specific instruments on board of space probes and made available in an audible format. The audiovisuals arrange these available audio data into circular shapes where the beginning and end disappear, and thus the linearity of time ceases to exist and the events are isolated into single and timeless shapes. The audio files for these audiovisuals are based on actual data collected by Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), the Van Allen and Cluster Probes. This ongoing series is made with code (Processing) and consists of more than 26 visuals accompanied by 20 videos.