“Now, with the closet door wide, with darkness like a velvet shroud hung before her to be stroked by a trembling hand, with the darkness like a black panther breathing there, looking at her with unlit eyes, the two memories rushed out. Space and a falling. Space and being locked away.”
Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles
Since the birth of photography, our relationship with the creation of images has been changing as new breakthroughs popularise the capture techniques. Cameras have become more and more easy to use and handle and the photosensitive materials more efficient and cheaper. With the arrival of the digital era, photography has become a compulsive act that has found in the internet the means of spreading endlessly. The internet has become a database that maps the reality creating a picture that exceed its own scale.
Immersed in this new visual culture, we no longer look at our environment with the naked eye but through a digital display that makes us see more and better. The observation of the sky has been delegated to orbiting telescopes that are responsible of taking thousands of photos of the cosmos that will be assembled afterwards to form the space map. This fully mechanised process causes visual aberrations and assembly failures. The resulting images show alternative universes (or alternatives to universe) that serve as both metaphor and literal description of the digital universe.
New technologies, expanding our visual horizons, make us see the oppressive condition of a world made of digital substitutes, which pile up and cut themselves in the frame of our displays, disconnected from their references. The lack of a clear link between significance and significant creates a dialogue suspended in the void. A dense void that submerges us in an ocean of endless images. Space and being locked away.
Cosmograma consists of two series of images; one, formed by images from Google Sky (that picks images up from NASA, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the Hubble Telescope) and that present assembly failures and visual mistakes. The other, photographic images taken under the water simulating the universe. This fictitious universe recalls the cosmos as well as the digital ocean, the disorientation and the loss of semiotic context. Space and a falling.