zybach 90minutes 6

100 Minutes
series of 10 photographs
9,5 x 5,5 inches (2003)
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The series of photographs show nocturnal images of a satellite made visible by reflected sunlight. A small segment of its arc of orbit is shown as a linear trace of light. A complete orbit of the earth takes around 100 minutes, and is repeated 14 times a day. After 35 days the satellite returns to its original position, meaning that within three days a complete map of the world can be created.
The observation of the Envisat, the environmental satellite in question, is based on asymmetrical access to information. As part of the information industry, the satellite changes the status of existing technologies, photography included. The unequal relationship is continued in the comparison of the (relatively) static position of the observer the dynamism of the observed.