Remastered version of Airfield (2009).
Recut and upgraded for HD for 2012 show at Screen Space, Melbourne.
Original here: vimeo.com/5490142
Man's landing on the moon opened up a new consciousness for humans: for the first time we saw our planet as a whole, rather than a collection of divided countries and continents. Similarly, a new perception of ourselves has emerged with the proliferation of high quality satellite imagery, such as those provided by Google Earth. We now have access to the collective Space Eye, and possess the ability to zoom and focus at any one scale of the fractal.
NASA provides super-high quality images for free, open-source download, and this presents a whole new palette of imagery to artists at unprecedented resolution, for the very first time. Like cracked walls, these images bear striking resemblance to painterly abstraction, yet have the effect of evoking awe at the beauty of our very own home.
'Airfield' presents the self-similar images as if flying from a plane, viewed from the planet's own orbital eyes turned inward in a drifting, topological gaze.