The United States Geological Service (USGS) has come out with its latest video of Earth, imaged from space, presented as art. It really is an incredible series of beautiful images. It is, however, just that: a slide show with a music soundtrack. It proceeds too quickly to properly appreciate any of the images or even to finish reading the accompanying text. There are many images, however.
SUGGESTION: watch it the first time straight through, hands off the pause button. Full screen and headphones are highly recommended; altered state is optional. Then watch it the second time with the sound muted and your finger on the pause button.
“The Earth As Art project began in the early 2000s, and its original intent remains the same: to produce images that do not look like satellite images at first glance.
“Earth As Art shows not only what satellites capture in the visible wavelengths of light you and I can see, but also what’s hiding in the invisible wavelengths that Landsat sensors can detect in the infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Those combinations can bring out much more scientific value, but also can produce imagery of breathtaking beauty.”
Earth as Art 3 can be found HERE.
Earth as Art 2 can be found HERE.
Earth as Art 1 can be found HERE.
One thought on “Earth as Art”
“Earth as if it were art” is too long as a title, besides that it raises that whole logic-chopping monologue (a dialogue for one voice) about “is it art?” or “what is art?” This is, after all, a sort of “found art” that was created without calculation for its aesthetic qualities except, perhaps, in retrospect. It is, in a sense, art propagated backward in time — if “art” were some subatomic wavicle in a Feynman diagram, it might resemble anti-matter. Except that your head has not exploded thus demonstrating this to be a speculation without basis in observable fact.
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