Collective-action Motion Study of Anik-E1, 2017
Animation (loop), ~ 700 hand-colored animation frames by over 100 participating artists
Geostationary satellites orbit the earth at the same rate that the earth turns, so that from our point of view they remain in the same spot in the sky. The black and white frames of this animation are identical images which were indiviually altered by over 100 artist participants to create the sense of motion of this satellite.
The satellite depicted is Anik-E1, a Canadian satellite launched in the fall of 1991 which was important for commications coverage, especially in Northern Canada. The naming of the satellite series was determined by a national contest; in Inuktitut, Anik means “little brother.” In 1996 Anik-E1 suffered power losses due to damage to a solar panel and is now considered derelict; it remains in geostationary orbit roughly over Somalia and the Arabian Sea.
The video is on view at SPACES as part of the exhibition Ground Station – Cleveland, November 17, 2017 – January 12, 2018.
Kōlé Robinson Brooks
Shu Qing Cai
Choi Kit Li
Nà Cayla Smith
Art Adventures Student group summer camp at Oregon College of Art and Craft