New horizons - 'Avec un ciel vierge
Some years ago, I can remember seeing what I thought at the time
were photos of the rings of Saturn or the surface of Mars or something
similar from 'out there'. But later I learned that the images
were actually computer simulations based on non-visual data sent
back from the probes. Reconstructions, approximations, interpretations.
When I started this work, I began from this realisation that the
finding and fixing of images from space seems to be fraught with
'flaws in the glass'. Between the eye and the object lie many
layers of distortion and obscurity, both physical and otherwise,
that determine what we believe about that which we are looking
at. A mathematical miscalculation, dust on the lens, the status
of empires against outposts of the unknown, the lights of the
city, a refusal to see.
|- Neil Roberts
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Prepared by Tim Sherratt (Tim.Sherratt@asap.unimelb.edu.au)
for publication on ASAPWeb. 22 June 1997.