objects collected from walking 124 miles horizontally, twice the vertical distance to the Kármán line, commonly considered the boundary between the Earth's atmosphere and outer space
triptych of letters to private space travel companies
Dear Sir Richard Branson,
I am writing to suggest that Virgin Galactic add an artist residency component to its spaceflight program. As noted by astronauts Edgar Mitchell, Rusty Schweikart, Ron Garan, and others, viewing Earth from the vantage point of space has the potential to create profound cognitive and emotional perspective shifts. In many ways, this is parallel to the pursuit of art itself: to present the familiar, same old world, in new and revitalized ways.
Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot photograph depicts the startlingly minuscule scale of Planet Earth against the vastness of space, and offers an example of the way that imagery impacts perception. In my research of Cosmic Consciousness phenomena and the Overview Effect, I’ve come to believe that an artist would be uniquely suited to the important task of processing and translating the life changing experience of viewing earth from above, and could serve the mission by sharing the experience with a broad audience.
From the globes and maps of early cartography, to the paintings of Arctic exploration, there is a tradition of utilizing artist’s skills when reckoning the terra incognita. Including an artist on a flight would serve to increase the social impact of commercial space travel. I am volunteering myself, but would understand if another artist was selected for what I believe to be an important role.
Sincerely, Skye Gilkerson
dual channel video
Unending consists of two videos playing across from each other, each recorded at the same time on opposite sides of the earth. The sunrise was filmed in the East Coast of the United States, and the simultaneous sunset was filmed in its diametric opposite, Perth, Australia.
Thanks to filmmaker Josh Hopkins for the video footage from Austrailia.
Pale Blue Dot
wood, plexi, paper, ink, landscape
An homage to the famous photograph by the same name, the Pale Blue Dot viewfinder transforms any landscape into a glimmering dot of light, like planet earth seen from deep space.
vanity mirrors, pedestals
overlapping live feeds from every place I've lived