If you’re reading this anytime within the next few hours, get off the computer and head to Bryant Park for Trevor Paglen’s “The Last Pictures” co-presented by us and Creative Time! What better way to spend an evening than to see the images that will exist in space for millions of years? Plus, Werner Herzog and Tracy K. Smith will be there. And don’t forget it’s FREE. Hope to see you there!
As we’ve mentioned, we’re co-presenting with Creative Time a preview of Trevor Paglen’s The Last Pictures next week, and I don’t think we can emphasize enough how astronomically exciting this event is…
This fall, Creative Time will launch The Last Pictures, an archival disc created by artist Trevor Paglen, into outer space, where it will orbit the earth for billions of years affixed to the exterior of the communications satellite EchoStar XVI. To create the artifact, Paglen micro-etched one hundred photographs selected to represent modern human history onto a silicon disc encased in a gold-plated shell. The images contained in the artifact constitute what the artist describes as “cave paintings from the 21st-century,” as they will become one of the longest-lasting material remnants of contemporary civilization. Following its launch from Kazakhstan in late 2012, the artifact will remain in the Earth’s geosynchronous orbit in virtual perpetuity.
On September 19 at 7:00pm in Bryant Park, there will be a preview of the project’s 100 images, as well as a reading from Tracy K. Smith’s Pulizter-Prize winning book of poetry Life On Mars: Poems and a conversation between Paglen and filmmaker Werner Herzog about cultural artifacts, space exploration, and the legacy of human civilization, moderated by LIVE director Paul Holdengräber. Plus, there will be telescopes for some up-close stargazing! This event is FREE so you won’t want to miss it!
LIVE from the NYPL and Creative Time will be taking you on a journey to outer space this month—or will at least show you what will be sent to outer space soon:
On September 19 at Bryant Park, Trevor Paglen, the artist and geographer;Werner Herzog, the filmmaker; and Tracy K. Smith, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet will preview Mr. Paglen’s work “The Last Pictures,” an archival disc scheduled to orbit the earth affixed to the exterior of the communications satellite EchoStar XVI.
Read more about it here. Hope to see you there!