In the media installation ‘The Sputnik Effect’, the visitor wearing 3D glasses becomes increasingly entangled in the schizophrenic world of Daniel Paul Schreber. The title refers to the effect observed in 1951, when, a few days after the launch of this first satellite, a large number of psychiatric patients believed they were receiving messages from the Sputnik PS-1.

British director Simon Pummell (Norwich, 1959) lives in the Netherlands and is writer/director of documentaries, animation and fiction. Furthermore, he is active as researcher and teacher and is head of the masters course Lens-Based Media of Piet Zwart Institute, at the Willem de Kooning Academie.