Artist/geographer Trevor Paglen is working with aerospace engineers to develop and launch an orbital reflector as a nonfunctioning satellite, a space-worthy sculpture that will be about as visible from the earth as the International Space Station. The sculpture will remain in orbit for several weeks before burning up upon reentry through the atmosphere. The project asks: “what aerospace engineering would look like if its methods were decoupled from the corporate and military interests underlying the industry.”
Architect and visiting professor at Texas Tech, Victoria McReynolds is in the field working on Light 110, which is measuring how light changed across 110 degrees of latitude from Prince Rupert, Canada to Ushuaia in Argentina. Her photographs, charts, maps, and other visual devices maintain a geographically consistent relationship with the vertical mountains to the east and the horizontal sea to the west as she travels down the coast of North and South America.