Artifacts and Orbits- An Evening of Art and Science Inquiry

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 5:30pm

Artifacts and Orbits- An Evening of Art and Science Inquiry

Thursday, November 9th 5:30-7pm

Center for Creative Photography Auditorium

Join us for a multidisciplinary panel in conjunction with the current exhibition Invisible to the Eye featuring Damon Sauer, Julie Anand, Dr. Beth O’Leary, and Dr. Moriba K. Jah. Phoenix-based artist collaborators Sauer and Anand will introduce their current project featured in the exhibition, Ground Truth: Corona Landmarks, in which they photograph the remains of Cold War satellite calibration targets that were part of the first spy satellite program and then digitally render a map of orbiting satellites in the sky overhead. The project not only addresses the origins of satellite technology but also the massive information network in which we are all currently suspended and reliant upon. Dr. O’Leary, a space archaeologist and Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology at New Mexico State University   will speak to the ways in which artifacts on Earth connected with space exploration as well as the artifacts human beings distribute beyond the Earth’s surface are ripe for archaeological consideration. Dr. Jah, an astrodynamist and Associate Professor in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin  will inform us from his perspective on problems in space traffic and the long-term sustainability of space activities. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Kate Albers, Associate Professor in the UA School of Art, whose current work explores the intersection of photography, geolocational technology, and landscape.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Digital Society and Data Studies          .

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