Christian Waldvogel. Earth Extremes

Christian Waldvogel. Earth Extremes

Nine Projects Made of Space and Time

In Christian Waldvogel. Earth Extremes, the artist uses photography and digital imagery to examine our world within the solar system.



Title Information

With an essay by Jörg Heiser. Edited by Jacqueline Burckhardt, Christian Waldvogel, and Jonas Voegeli

1st edition

, 2010

Text English and German


496 pages, 223 color and 58 b/w illustrations

21 x 31.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-305-3


“When producing works of art, the artist judges a piece’s themes from a point of view that is characteristic of his beliefs and to the perspective that he takes on things. In many cases, this point of view is set outside the system the piece is about. Besides criticizing given facts, an outside point of view gives a perspective onto things that is free from preoccupation and them-inherent perception.”

So writes the architect, musician, and programmer Christian Waldvogel (*1971) in Christian Waldvogel. Earth Extremes, a collection of nine of his projects from the last several years. For the pieces in Christian Waldvogel. Earth Extremes, Waldvogel situates his point of view in space, using photography and digital imagery to examine our world within the solar system. In Top of the World, for example, Waldvogel imagines approaching the Earth from another galaxy, as though he was an alien traveling from another planet. In another, Waldvogel imagines Galileo’s fate had he the opportunity to observe the Earth from the Moon. Combining data from space research with experimental art and imagination, Christian Waldvogel. Earth Extremes offers readers a glimpse of what it’s like to travel through the final frontier.

Christian Waldvogel. Earth Extremes was named one of 2010’s Most Beautiful Swiss Books and won a bronze medal in the 2010 competition Best Designed Books from All Over the World.


Designed by Jonas Voegeli and Christian Waldvogel.

Authors & Editors

Jacqueline Burckhardt

, born 1947, is co-founder and editor of Parkett art journal and one of Switzerland's most eminent art critics and art educators.

Jörg Heiser

 is a Berlin-based Swiss publicist and art critic. He is co-editor-in-chief of Frieze art magazine and teaches as visiting professor at Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg.

Jonas Voegeli

Christian Waldvogel

, born 1971, studied architecture at ETH Zürich and Rhode Island School of Design. He lives and works as a conceptual and visual artist and programmer in Zürich. He has also been appointed co-chair of the Topical Team Arts & Science of ESA European Space Agency in 2011.