Music of the Spheres

An Exercise in Listening

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blakegopnik:

THE DAILY PIC:  Let’s say that the Mona Lisa is the most popular artwork in the world. What percentage of the population have ever seen it? Maybe .01 percent? Or a tenth of that? The new piece by Trevor Paglen that greets visitors to the “Unlimited” section of the Art Basel fair aims to be seen by a much larger swath of the world’s inhabitants. As you can see from today’s photo, it is giant Mylar balloon that Paglen wants to have launched into space as a satellite, so it can float through the night sky like a star. The piece is not just about Paglen’s overweening ambition, or astronomical aesthetics. It asks, Paglen says, “what aerospace engineering would look like if its methods were decoupled from the corporate and military interests underlying the industry.” I love to imagine an ideal world where Lockheed Martin makes art supplies. (Courtesy Metro Pictures, New York; Zander, Koln; Altman Siegel, San Francisco; Protocinema, Istanbul; photo by Dawn Blackman)
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blakegopnik:

THE DAILY PIC:  Let’s say that the Mona Lisa is the most popular artwork in the world. What percentage of the population have ever seen it? Maybe .01 percent? Or a tenth of that? The new piece by Trevor Paglen that greets visitors to the “Unlimited” section of the Art Basel fair aims to be seen by a much larger swath of the world’s inhabitants. As you can see from today’s photo, it is giant Mylar balloon that Paglen wants to have launched into space as a satellite, so it can float through the night sky like a star. The piece is not just about Paglen’s overweening ambition, or astronomical aesthetics. It asks, Paglen says, “what aerospace engineering would look like if its methods were decoupled from the corporate and military interests underlying the industry.” I love to imagine an ideal world where Lockheed Martin makes art supplies. (Courtesy Metro Pictures, New York; Zander, Koln; Altman Siegel, San Francisco; Protocinema, Istanbul; photo by Dawn Blackman)

The Daily Pic also appears at blogs.artinfo.com/the-daily-pic. For a full inventory of past Daily Pics visit blakegopnik.com/archive.

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