In 2012, the National Geospatial Agency, the US spy satellite agency, donated two previously classified, Hubble-quality space telescopes to NASA. One of these is currently being repurposed as WFIRST, a new instrument to study dark energy and search for extra-solar planets. Originally intended for military and civilian surveillance, the same apparatus is being pointed at the stars, to study the origins of the universe, and possible human futures. What happens when we repurpose our technologies to improve the world, rather than control it? What happens we choose to look out, instead of down?
As part of For Ever More Images?, an exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, artist James Bridle is convening a one-day round table discussion about environmental imaging, remote sensing, new technologies and new creative possibilities in the Mediterranean region.
Kika Kyriakakou, PCAI Residency Artistc Director and Collection and Exhibitions Manager of PCAI, was invited to participate along with a number of Athens-based scientists, researchers, artists and practitioners from a range of disciplines, including ecology, technology, activism, human rights, and the visual arts.
A summary of the discussion that will take place on April 10, will be presented as part of the For Ever More Images? programme at the Onassis Cultural Centre on a later date.
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Image credits: D’Ortenzio, Fabrizio & Ribera d'Alcala, Maurizio. (2009). On the trophic regimes of the Mediterranean Sea: A satellite analysis. Biogeosciences. 6. 139-148. 10.5194/bg-6-139-2009.