September 25, 2017 - January 12, 2018

Ground Station - Cleveland

Heidi Neilson

Part of SWAP

Ground Station - Cleveland
Sonic Planetarium

Sonic Planetarium  Heidi Neilson | 2017 | Sound, Cardboard, computer | Photo by Jerry Mann

Inside Sonic Plaentarium

Inside Sonic Plaentarium  Heidi Neilson | 2017 | Photo by Jerry Mann

Collective Action Motion Study of ANIK-E1  Heidi Neilson | 2017 | Crowd Sourced Animation | Photo by Jerry Mann

Go GOES Radiotelescope  Heidi Neilson | 2017 | Mixed | Photo by Jerry Mann

Go GOES Radiotelescope  Heidi Neilson | 2017 | Mixed | Photo by Jerry Mann

Ground Station Cleveland  Heidi Neilson | 2017 | installation | Photo by Jerry Mann

Heidi Neilson (Long Island City, NY)

In Residence: September 25 - November 24, 2017
On View: November 17, 2017-January 12, 2018
Opening Reception: November 17, 2017

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Heidi Neilson uses the idea of a ground station, or a terrestrial radio station designed for extra-planetary telecommunication with spacecraft, as a starting point for artistic research into outer space. Compelled by the way in which experiencing off-planet spaces is indirect-mainly through the sensors of spacecraft-she's interested in how it is experienced and understood while grounded here on Earth.

Employing a diversity of materials and techniques in her work, Neilson includes publicly available NASA documents, books, audio and video recordings, and events. To witness the space environment directly, she adopts ham radio methods, including building antennas from readily available materials and software, to receive transmissions from satellites. She creates works which position the individual in relation to things in orbit to emphasize the familiarity of and appreciation for Earth's landscape, and our relationship with land and place that extends into Earth's orbit.

One artwork, Sonic Planetarium, is a real-time spatial sound model of objects orbiting Earth. There are numerous spacecraft and pieces of debris in earth's orbit, but it is typically impossible for us to see them from our vantage point here on Earth. By using audio files recorded from satellite radio transmissions and linking these files with individual tracked orbiting objects, we can play these satellite sounds on a speaker installation as the actual satellites pass by as if you can hear into space. Sonic Planetarium strives to convey to visitors, as sound, what is relatively close in outer space right now.

About the Artist

Heidi Neilson

Heidi Neilson is an interdisciplinary artist interested in giving visual and sensible form to the connections between people on the ground and above-earth conditions and infrastructure. Her current work explores the presence and implications of earth-orbiting satellites and how they may be detected and used by individuals, including the use... go to artist page

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