Your browser is not supported by To view this site please upgrade or use another browser. If you can't use a modern browser, try disabling javascript, which will make simple, but mostly usable.

Supported browsers: Chrome 117, Firefox (Android) 118, Android WebView 117, Chrome 117, Chrome 116, Chrome 115, Chrome 114, Chrome 109, Edge 117, Edge 116, Firefox 118, Firefox 117, Firefox 91, Firefox 78, Safari/Chrome (iOS) 17.0, Safari/Chrome (iOS) 16.6, Safari/Chrome (iOS) 16.3, Safari/Chrome (iOS) 16.1, Safari/Chrome (iOS) 15.6-15.7, Opera Mobile 73, Opera 103, Opera 102, Opera 101, Safari (MacOS) 17.0, Safari (MacOS) 16.6, Safari (MacOS) 15.6, Samsung 22, Samsung 21

Javascript is disabled. should still be usable, but the user experience will be simpler.


PhD candidate Jenny Perlin's doctoral project

Academic summary

Eureka relates literary, scientific, and historical narratives from the 19th century to contemporary issues about stratospheric space, specifically, the use and development of stratospheric balloons. My research utilizes moving image, drawing, and writing to explore the rise of stratospheric balloons in scientific research, military surveillance, and tourism.  

My prior projects explored connections between subterranean landscapes, analog materials, and literary and political histories of the United States. In the current project I further develop research on how narratives of the stratosphere seem to parallel the ways subterranean spaces have been described, approached, and mined.  

Much like the commercial rockets being used to bring billionaires to space for momentary thrills, stratospheric balloon tourism is a new way for wealthy people to partake in unique experiences. Stratospheric balloons are also used for domestic and international espionage and for deeply engaged scientific studies about climate change and the weather.   

The artistic research in Eureka investigates scientific labor together with its implication in social, artistic, and political movements in the past and present. The work I do seeks to unpack the contradictions and, in so doing, open a space for interdisciplinary creative exploration. 

Project facts

Project title Eureka
Project manager
  • Jenny Perlin
    Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Start date
End date
Project status Active
Department Academy of Fine Art

Related events