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Friday, October 5, 2012

"Last pictures:" 100 photos to be placed in a stable, billion-year orbit for future archeologists, human or otherwise, to ponder

This fall, Creative Time will launch The Last Pictures, an archival disc created by artist Trevor Paglen, into outer space, where it will orbit the earth for billions of years affixed to the exterior of the communications satellite EchoStar XVI.  To create the artifact, Paglen micro-etched one hundred photographs selected to represent modern human history onto a silicon disc encased in a gold-plated shell, designed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Carleton College.

the capsule:

Disc_001

Project info:
http://creativetime.org/projects/the-last-pictures/

The photos:
http://creativetime.org/projects/the-last-pictures/the-pictures/