PENTASTRA \ The First Star
five-point positioning in a virtual environment

virtual installation made of five spherical panoramas

Regular stars, with at least five sides, can be drawn by connecting equidistant points on a circle. A five-pointed star is a star-shaped polygon that can be obtained by connecting the next but one vertex of a regular pentagon, as well as can be formed by diagonals or extending its sides to the cross-points.

The five-pointed star - a widely used universal symbol with various meanings - is a striking example of the intuitive endowment of an initially neutral geometric figure with meanings other than the actual properties of its geometry. This suggests one of the possible reasons for meaning formation in the previous analysis of the potential value of its graphic parameters. Combinatorial analysis of data (the number of segments filling the matrix, the selection of symmetrical and specularly reflected signs, etc.) partially confirms this suggestion.

A virtual installation of PENTASTRA is a work of art defined in the form of a potential task that relates to the perceptible but is neither it nor the content of perception.

The installation elements include a vertical plumb and a geometric structure. The axis of five-ray symmetry is a vertical plumb that stays in the ideal rest conditions of a static image symbolizing the observance of the natural science concept as opposed to the irrational causes of spontaneous pendulum oscillations like the knowledge that has a surrogate character. In reality, the geometric structure is static as is its image. Regardless of the meanings brought into it, it has only its intrinsic expression.

Five-point positioning of PENTASTRA installation's view in a virtual environment places an observer at fixed viewing points equidistant from the center of the generalized matrix of the five-ray combinatorial systems. Moving through the five spherical panoramas of the installation symbolically generalizes the infinity of interpretation of its quantitative material analysis data by organizing their possible diversity with a single feature.

five-ray combinatorial systems displayed in the Museum:

combinatorial system PENTASTRA120
number of color-coded segments and characters:
  • 153/black - blank adjacent segments of the star
  • 273/blue - segments of the surrounding field corresponding to the radiance of adjacent rays
  • 666/red - total number of symmetrical signs with half of the radiance of adjacent rays and the full light of adjacent rays and the field
  • 23/yellow - asymmetry of signs that have only the radiance of adjacent rays and the full light of the initial signs

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Branch of the Central Naval Museum "Kronstadt Fortress" in the Italian Palace

Makarovskaya Ulitsa, 3, Sankt-Peterburg, Kronstadt

Open hours: Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

Closed: Monday, Tuesday

The ticket office closes at 17:15

Age limit: 12+