I have situated my most recent work in the development of a language suitable for a debris object-afterlife in outer space. This language, or voice, carries the aura of the electromagnetic signals present when the object took part in, or functioned as an operating system in Earth’s Lower Orbit (LEO). Now absent of function, these debris objects can share an expanded and discursive vocabulary of radio waves and electromagnetic signals. Here, the objects’ voice mirrors its circumstance, moving as a disenchanted body through obstruction, then gone again into quiet entropic submission.
LEO is populated with over 20,000 trackable objects -a byproduct of man’s existence. This planetary midden traces a linear global narrative of technological advancements and failures from the 20th century to present day. Much of the debris comes from rocket stages, defunct satellites, and past object to object collisions. In orbit, we can find everything from solar panels, a lost bag of tools, to a sea of microscopic flakes of paint.
Material objects that people produce are more often intentional and are imbued with some kind of agency. In orbit, the debris changes form and abandons previous relationships. These objects move in specific response to shifts in the parameters of their orbital existence, as well as to each other. “A nonequilibrium wakes them up and introduces a coherence quite foreign to equilibrium.” Like a Lorentz model, the initial trajectory of the orbiting debris object becomes uncertain through successive shifts and collisions. Whatever the number of transformations, we never return to the original orbital state. An entropic irreversibility emerges from this debris object instability and with that, a possibility to listen and see an ever expanding language of probability and discourse.
Currently I am building an audio visual system, comprised of space junk. I have situated my work and research in the identification of these objects, their physical transformation, and in the dreaming of a language suitable for the objects afterlife.
Past works in developing project:
1. Nightflight: Acra, NY 42° N x 74° W ; TRT 40 min ; Time of recordings 22:00
2. Anatomy of a Collision: Elsewhere, Brooklyn 40° N, 73° W ; TRT varies; Time of recordings 22:00-24:00