Top 10 of 2012 // Best Vision: Trevor Paglen, The Last Pictures
Quixotic at heart and pointedly visionary, The Last Pictures acknowledged spacecraft as the last monument of our era. Presented in partnership with Creative Time, the project was the culmination of Paglen’s research as an artist in residence at MIT. He created an ultra-archival disc of images, capable of lasting in space for billions of years and in November of 2012, traveled to Kazakhstan to launch the satellite EchoStar XVI carrying this archive of humanity. Attached to the satellite’s anti-Earth deck and in geostationary orbit, the disc will broadcast over ten trillion images over its fifteen-year lifetime. For the New York celebration of this project, Paglen was joined by filmmaker and artist Werner Herzog for an epic discussion on life beyond our planet and the terrain of future man.
Original article appeared in Art Market Monitor