Filed under: 17 Days (vol.8)
“visible from space is a thought experiment. It is an open series that exists in multiple materials: video, prints, installation, projection, handmade paper, artist’s books, found objects, notes, interviews, essays and site-specific events. I am conducting a thought experiment about the phrase visible from space, which erupted from a fanciful supposition to create drawings on the Earth so large they would be visible from the moon. For such a feat, the stroke width of the line would need to be close to 60 miles wide in order for barely a hairline to be visible from that distance. It is charming to think that the Great Wall of China is visible from space—but this is merely a popular mythology. It is difficult to resolve an image of the Great Wall even from the International Space Station with the naked eye (which orbits about 250 miles above the Earth), let alone from outer space or nearby celestial bodies. Of course, with military and even civilian imaging technologies, much greater resolution can be achieved as evidenced by what are now commonplace tools such as Google Earth…” Continue reading the remained of this 2014 essay regarding the Visible from Space project at Arid: A Journal of Desert Art, Design & Ecology; or learn more about the most current developments on the artists website.
Paul Catanese (b. 1975; Huntington, NY) is a hybrid media artist whose diverse range of works include installation, printmaking, video, sculptural objects, handmade paper, artists’ books, code, net.art, and projections which have been exhibited internationally, notably at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery (San Francisco), La Villette (Paris) and the China Academy of Art (Hangzhou); with screenings at the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (Bangkok), Stuttgart Filmwinter (Stuttgart), FILE (Sao Paulo), ANIMAC (Barcelona), ExUrban Screens (Melbourne), New Forms Festival (Vancouver) and ISEA2014 (Dubai). He has received commissions from Rhizome.org and Turbulence.org, and most recently, he was awarded a 2014 Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship. Catanese is an Associate Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Program at Columbia College Chicago, where he is also Associate Chair of the Art & Art History Department.
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