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. I have situated my most recent work in the development of a language suitable for a debris object-afterlife in outer space. 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. 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. Like a Lorentz model, the initial trajectory of the orbiting debris object becomes uncertain through successive shifts and collisions. 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.
Compositions use properties of 8 chosen orbital debris objects passing over SW Finland. Properties involve orbital path variance, rotation, velocity, and object-object and object-Earth proximity. Sound and image are synchronized and in real time with debris in orbit. Recordings to be released as an 8 volume work, Electrona in crystallo fluentia
Past works in developing project:
1. Nightflight 2. Anatomy of a Collision