Orbits

projection

2016

 

The aesthetics of man-made objects in space, their appearance and especially their orbits are transformed into a minimal audiovisual performance, showing the poetic dance satellites and their trash perform while revolving around us. Seemingly chaotic paths mutate to amazing patterns of an almost organic nature—all of it due to pure physical necessity.

When we started working with global satellite data, their information was based on a website maintained by the US Air Force. Yet after some time, based on information from the Union of Concerned Scientists, we discovered that some objects were missing. Fortunately the data on classified satellites is generated by enthusiastic amateur astronomers observing the night skies.

Merging the two sources, balancing between artistic autonomy and the necessary scientific rigorousness, the performance is an aesthetic and intuitive live experiment, revealing this new layer of human infrastructure.

All Fotos by Ars Electronica (Tom Mesic and Martin Hieslmair).