KD2MFV ~ Lost in Transmission
Meditations on the future state of the environment and whether human colonies will ever exist beyond planet Earth led to a discovery of and a fascination with the type of technology that enabled the 1969 Apollo 11 space mission to broadcast mankind’s first step on the Moon, live to terrestrial television. Basic image transmission using low-energy radio waves was the type of technology NASA used, and it is theorized this is how humans will communicate when living on other planets.
It is currently employed by the HAM (amateur) radio community.
The images, appropriated from various photographic collections are of glaciers photographed in a time before we were aware of the climate crisis, were transmitted section by section to HAM radio operators worldwide using a process called SSTV - Slow Scan Television. I asked the HAMs to print out the images received and mail them back to me. I then assembled the printed pieces to reconstruct the whole image transmitted, using radio paraphernalia such as diodes and through-hole resistors, to hold the pieces in place.
The resulting artworks, containing artifacts from transmission process making them unique, are fine-art examples of long-range communications between humans, concerning accelerated environmental change.
made with support from Wave Farm Residency Program, Arca, New York and SIM Artist Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland
concieved in part with fellow radio collaborators, New York based artist Ports Bishop and Jón Þ Jónsson, TF3JA, an Icelandic Radio Amateur in Reykjavík.