RemOs1, Spitsbergen

The underwater fish observatory RemOs1 developed by the team of Philipp Fischer since 2012 observes the development of a habitat of underwater organisms at Kongsfjorden, Ny-Ålesund, Spitsbergen. It is part of the project COSYNA at the Centre for Scientific Diving. This long-term study in the field of fish ecology is conducted during all seasonal cycles and is based on stereometric photographs shot every 30 minutes. The cameras are focused on an artificially built structure on the coast of the Arctic Sea. The art project Computer Signals has grafted different sensors inside the RemOs1, which permanently record the electric and electronic activities of the power supply, the camera, the onboard computer, as much as the mechanic vibrations of the observatory within the sea current. The sensors thus make these activities audible for the human ear.

The example of such a now audible moment of exposure of the right camera on October 8, 2012, 17:30:35 can be found here:


  1. By clicking the title of the audio signal one can see a photo of the respective sensor.

  2. In Multichannel one can play the signals both individually and in sync. The input field on top provides the option to select a timecode that can be played by clicking "seek to". (The exposure of the camera happens at 02:05.)

  3. Under Dokumentation photos of the integration of the sensors as much as the Breakout Box ("Electrical outlet" for the blue cabel of the power supply and the data line)

RemOs1, Kongsfjorden, Ny-Ålesund, Spitsbergen, 9.2.2013. © Philipp Fischer

Brochure RemOs1: Beginning Data Work in the Arctic Sea, 2015


The plates show the chronological process since RemOs1 was launched on September 15, 2012, on the coast of Spitsbergen for the period of two years with a pair of photos for every 30 minutes. Black images indicate gaps in the series of measurements due to issues with the synchronization between flash and cameras or as a result of massive problem in power supply and data transfer. Series of workshop photos document actual maintainance of the observatory in regard to its function as recording device. Each double page shows 25 days of image production.

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