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The Last Pictures show

Tuesday, 2 October, 2012

The public art organization Creative Time “commissions, produces, and presents art that breaks new ground, challenges the status quo, and infiltrates the public realm while engaging millions of people in New York City and across the globe.” One of these commissions was awarded to artist Trevor Paglen “to create a collection of images for the far future, a future where there is no evidence of human civilization on Earth’s surface, but where a ring of dead spacecraft remains in orbit, perhaps for the descendants of future dinosaurs or giant squid to find.” The result is The Last Pictures.

Early next year, the television satellite EchoStar XVI will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying this collection of images, enter a geostationary orbit, and then beam football matches, wars and the result of elections 24/7. When it nears the end of its useful life, EchoStar XVI will use the last of its fuel to enter a higher “graveyard orbit,” where it will power down and die. Then, The Last Pictures will continue to slowly circle Earth until the Earth itself is no more.

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