Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Jenny Odell - satellite collections

 Every Basketball Court in Manhattan

 1,378 Grain Silos, Water Towers, and Other Cylindrical-Industrial Buildings

125 Swimming Pools

 195 Yachts, Barges, Cargo Lines, Tankers and Other Ships

 81 Miles of the Great Salt Lake (each square represents exactly one mile)

Jenny Odell's Satellite Collections (2009-2011) are intriguing both in their compositions and unusual point of view - it's not every day that you get to see every basketball court in Manhattan both all together and from above. Of her works, she explains:
In all of my prints, I collect things that I've cut out from Google Satellite View-- parking lots, silos, landfills, waste ponds. The view from a satellite is not a human one, nor is it one we were ever really meant to see. But it is precisely from this inhuman point of view that we are able to read our own humanity, in all of its tiny, reliably repetitive marks upon the face of the earth. From this view, the lines that make up basketball courts and the scattered blue rectangles of swimming pools become like hieroglyphs that read: people were here. 
(Via Hither and Thither)

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