How was your day? Did you check the weather when you woke up? You have a plan to go to a new restaurant, but you don't know how to get there. What allows you to check the weather and find directions to a place?

In spirit Lisa Park’s Stuff You Can Kick: Toward a Theory of Media Infrastructures, we are investigating the infrastructure of satellites launched in the year 2018 - 19. Satellites have become one of the most essential infrastructures that make distribution of media possible and like most media infrastructures, the extent of the structure is hard to be visually represented in one glance and no human can physically see the whole infrastructure. To add to this difficulty of visualizing infrastructures, satellites, once launched to the Earth’s orbit, are no longer visible to the human eye. Around Us raises awareness of these satellites that comprise an important infrastructure of digital media communications. This project also questions whether we have the full information about the number of satellites orbiting the Earth and what the use of those that are not public knowledge may be.

PROJECT TYPE: Collaboration with Jaekook Han

SHOWCASED AT: ITP Winter Show 2019 Selection. ITP, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. 15 - 16, December, 2019


TECHNICAL DETAILS: Satellite data is from Union of Concerned Scientists and visualizations for the website were created using Three.js and p5.js. The satellite cards, seen on the website and created as physical objects, were generated using Processing.

Each of the satellites launched between year 2018 and 2019 were generated as collectable cards using Processing and were printed. The cards were also collated using Processing and made into a book in pdf format.