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The last pictures

Author: Trevor Paglen; Creative Time, Inc.
Publisher: New York : Creative Time Books ; Berkeley ; Los Angeles ; London : University of California Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Overview: Human civilizations' longest lasting artifacts are not the great Pyramids of Giza, nor the cave paintings at Lascaux, but the communications satellites that circle our planet. In a stationary orbit above the equator, the satellites that broadcast our TV signals, route our phone calls, and process our credit card transactions experience no atmospheric drag. Their inert hulls will continue to drift around  Read more...
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Named Person: Trevor Paglen; Trevor Paglen
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Trevor Paglen; Creative Time, Inc.
ISBN: 9780520275003 0520275004
OCLC Number: 793421795
Description: xiii, 193 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Anne Pasternak and Nato Thompson --
Introduction: Geographies of time --
1: Ancient aliens --
2: One Hundred Pictures, Frozen In Time: --
Belonging: human/archive/world / Katie Detwiler --
3: One Hundred Pictures: --
Notes on the one hundred pictures --
4: Field Notes: --
Artifact cover etching / Joel Weisberg --
Talking mathematics to aliens? (Get real! or have fun with anthropomorphism 101!) / Rafael Núñez --
Putting a time capsule in orbit: what should it be made of? / Brian L Wardle and Karl Berggren --
EchoStar XVI Mission / EchoStar Corporation --
Epilogue --
Acknowledgments --
Credits.
Responsibility: Trevor Paglen.

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This book chronicles a project intended to explain to someone--at some point in the distant future--what happened to the people who built derelict spacecraft. Artist/geographer Paglen spent four  Read more...

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"This is not just a publicist-driven fancy... [Paglen's images are] aesthetic and allegorical... A unique tale of human history." Wallpaper 20130201

 
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