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Idea by

Maya Shopova, Romea Muryń and Francisco Lobo

Locument

https://www.thelocument.com/

R. do Bonjardim 1090, 4000-132 Porto, Porto, Portugal
In an era of ephemeral creation, we see the importance of slowing down, observing, analysing, making conclusions and proposals. We use architecture and film as analytical, critical and subversive tools to emphasise contemporary issues and dissect their resolutions. We see the importance to observe rapidly changing social conditions with influential factors of technologies, urban environments, political and economic layers. We envision the future and the past, and not the least, our time.

THE SKY COMMODIFIED


Observatories and the Sublime, Big-Data and the Public

THE SKY COMMODIFIED


Observatories and the Sublime, Big-Data and the Public
Entangling the perspectives of the human and non-human, indigenous and foreign inhabitants of the Atacama, the film addresses notions of presence and progress, focusing on the social impacts that they have.
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The sky has become a data mine. This data is now mediated through a complex infrastructure of instruments and apparatuses that help us navigate, surveil, image, and store databases for billions of stars. As astronomical data is the only other dataset comparable in scale to YouTube and Twitter, global tech corporations are competing to host Astro-data on their cloud. Amazon claims that by having access to observatories’ huge datasets through hosting would allow the development of their AI, comparing an astronomer’s search for two to three stars in our galaxy to targeting advertisements to two to three people, tracking potential shoplifters or catching fare-evaders on public transport. Looking out into space could be thus seen as a commodity, as an act of governance much more focused on developing methods of surveillance here on earth than providing answers to our existential questions.



THE SKY COMMODIFIED


Observatories and the Sublime, Big-Data and the Public

THE SKY COMMODIFIED


Observatories and the Sublime, Big-Data and the Public
Entangling the perspectives of the human and non-human, indigenous and foreign inhabitants of the Atacama, the film addresses notions of presence and progress, focusing on the social impacts that they have.
File under
Type of project
  • Site-specific cases

The sky has become a data mine. This data is now mediated through a complex infrastructure of instruments and apparatuses that help us navigate, surveil, image, and store databases for billions of stars. As astronomical data is the only other dataset comparable in scale to YouTube and Twitter, global tech corporations are competing to host Astro-data on their cloud. Amazon claims that by having access to observatories’ huge datasets through hosting would allow the development of their AI, comparing an astronomer’s search for two to three stars in our galaxy to targeting advertisements to two to three people, tracking potential shoplifters or catching fare-evaders on public transport. Looking out into space could be thus seen as a commodity, as an act of governance much more focused on developing methods of surveillance here on earth than providing answers to our existential questions.




Idea by

Maya Shopova, Romea Muryń and Francisco Lobo
Locument
R. do Bonjardim 1090, 4000-132 Porto
Porto
Portugal
In an era of ephemeral creation, we see the importance of slowing down, observing, analysing, making conclusions and proposals. We use architecture and film as analytical, critical and subversive tools to emphasise contemporary issues and dissect their resolutions. We see the importance to observe rapidly changing social conditions with influential factors of technologies, urban environments, political and economic layers. We envision the future and the past, and not the least, our time.