Here GOES Radiotelescope, 2020. Heidi Neilson & Harry Dove-Robinson. Satellite dish with sculptural seating, electronics, software. On long-term view at Wave Farm, Acra NY.
Here GOES Radiotelescope is an artist-run DIY ground station receiving the satellite GOES-16’s faint, data-dense GRB transmission, and is one of only about 15 independent civilian stations to do so. Visitors to the sculptural station sit within it and look through the “telescope” and see images of the Earth as they are being received from the satellite. The sound heard onsite at Here GOES Radiotelescope, and in the streaming audio online, is a ‘sonifcation’ created from space weather data collected in real time by Here GOES Radiotelescope. It is an audio imagining of the soundscape of solar wind hitting and flowing around Earth, as if it were a field recording of the interaction of energies.
When seated within Here GOES Radiotelescope, visitors see the live view of Earth through the satellite’s eyes and hear the space environment that the satellite is sensing in real time.