Soñando Satelites – fictional serie
Satellites are all around us. Floating in the space there are more than 13000 pieces of metal streaming all kind of data. Our concept of space and time changed since we can base our day life on tools like google maps, gps and others satellite stuffs. There is a continuous stream of information in and out from our planet that define a new way to live the globe.
Soñando Satelites [Dreaming Satellites in Spanish] is a ritual of re-appropriation, a celebrations of the fact we are involved in the same data-space. It is an artistic sound visualization of ficcional satellites that exist as narrative objects. Floating in a noplace between the materiality of the communities involved in these projects and the immateriality of dreams, soñando satelites wants to explore that possibility that exist in the use of outer space as space of commons.
Space is the last place still not privatized where all our data and dreams persist over time. Dreams like the one of Palestine Space Agency that create AMMAN01 with the desire to redefine the concept of space; like Oficina de asuntos extraterrestres who launch a deep space sonar in the form of ancestral rituals of colombia indigenous peoples; or like Bolivia government who seeks for autonomy with Tupak Katari I satellite. These projects, ideas, dreams, are psycosatellites in the Soñando Satelites map, because they work on the consciousness proposing to look over our head as a land to explore and hack.
This work is the second step of an original project from 2011, called just Soñando Satelites. With this new version I want to work with fictional data, fake satellites from real community/art projects that exists over the planet. This installation mix together real and fictional satellites creating a hyper real narrative where a story is told through data and sound.
The form that this installation takes is a simple projection of the planisphere of earth: when a satellites is passing over our ground station (Quito in that first version) a sound is played from the same satellites visualization.
The sound of each satellite is created by taking some data like elevation, azimuth and position and using it to drive generative synthesizers. In the case of fake satellites instead I mostly used recording from interviews like for the Ulises I, old movies, like for Afro futurism African Satellite, personal field recording like for the Amman01 and oficina de asuntos extraterrestres. You can find the recorded sound here. All the code is described and published here.
Some example of the sounds:
Oficina de Asuntos Extraterrestres