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The Glitch//IDM show is going 8 years strong this week, so in honor we are celebrating with a super Chill show. So put on your ambient hats and find somewhere comfortable to lie down. let's do this.
Fred Ritchin is an authority on the future of photography. He's written several books on the subject, and his newest, Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary and the Citizen, is published by Aperture. In the book Ritchin takes a critical look at the state of documentary photography and visual journalism in the twenty-first century media landscape. Richin wonders, do photographs still have any power in a world where billions of images are made, shared, linked, and liked every day? Bending the Frame also asks the question: how can photojournalists and citizens use photography to help solve some of the world's problems, rather than just document them?
Phyllis Baldino is a video artist based in Brooklyn. In her videos and photographs Baldino explores scientific phenomenon like multiple dimensions and the end of the world as well as issues of privacy and technology
In 2006, after a year-long journey through space, a NASA probe called the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter settled into a circular orbit around the Red Planet. Among the MRO's various scientific instruments was a camera, known as the HiRISE. HiRISE stands for High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, and it's the largest and most advanced camera ever sent to another planet. Over the last 7 years, the HiRISE has sent back stunning images of the Martian surface Photographs of sand dunes and craters, dust devils and ancient riverbeds, frozen water and glaciers of CO2 have helped planetary scientists learn more about the dynamic surface of the Red Planet. The HiRISE images played a key role in choosing the landing site for the Curiosity rover, and they are sure to play an important role in identifying a landing site for humans, if and when NASA decides to plan the mission. Earlier this year Aperture published This Is Mars, a fine art book of beautifully printed black and white photographs taken by the HiRISE camera. Flipping through it's hard not to be sucked in by the almost erie detail in these pictures. Some, like the images of sand dunes and valleys seem almost familiar, reminiscent of desert landscapes on Earth. Others, like the Proctor crater and the abstract formations around the Martian polar regions, are positively alien. According to one of the book's authors, astrophysicist Francis Rocard, "the [HiRISE] camera equals a naked-eye view of the planet at a flight level of approximately one kilometer." So looking at these landscapes you're about ten times closer to the ground than when you're looking out the window of an airplane. The man who helped get the HiRISE camera of the ground and into orbit around Mars, is Dr. Alfred McEwen. He's a professor of planetary science at the University of Arizona and the principal investigator for HiRISE. Last week I got a chance to speak with Dr. McEwen about the Red Planet and the book This is Mars. Also this week, a look at Trevor Paglen's project, The Last Pictures. Playlist 00:00 This Is Mars pt 1 06:48 Track 07 - Cluster 07:03 This Is Mars pt 2 09:54 Bent City I - Phil Yost 10:34 This Is Mars pt 3 12:37 Clockworks - Laurie Spiegel 12:48 This Is Mars pt 4 18:08 Passerine- OK Ikumi 18:26 This Is Mars pt 5 19:35 The Steakout - Sun Araw 19:39 Trevor Paglen - The Last Pictures 27:33 Finish
Fred Ritchin is an authority on the future of photography. He's written several books on the subject, and his newest came out earlier this summer from Aperture. It's called Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary and the Citizen.
This week on Art Uncovered, we get a tour of the new MoMA exhibition, Soundings: A Contemporary Score, from curator Barbara London. The show features 16 sound artists from around the world. Next, we hear from Bill Fontana, one of the pioneering sound artists working today. Bill studied with John Cage in the 1960s and his "sound sculptures" uncover the hidden sounds of massive architectural structures like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and the Millennium Bridge in London. Bill is currently an artist in residence at CERN, where he's doing sound experiments with the Large Hadron Collider.