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2013-08-28

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Trevor Paglen, Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 4; Build 3), 2013, sculpture in progress.

Developed in conversation with aerospace engineers, Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 4; Build 3) is a sculpture designed to be placed into low-earth orbit and reflect sunlight from space down to the earth’s surface.


In this work Paglen asks what aerospace engineering would look like if its methods were decoupled from the corporate and military interests underlying the industry. His nonfunctional satellite recasts the old question of “art for art’s sake” within a different field, asking whether we can imagine something like “aerospace engineering for aerospace engineering’s sake.”

Fantastic.

Trevor Paglen, Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 4; Build 3), 2013, sculpture in progress.

Developed in conversation with aerospace engineers, Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 4; Build 3) is a sculpture designed to be placed into low-earth orbit and reflect sunlight from space down to the earth’s surface.

In this work Paglen asks what aerospace engineering would look like if its methods were decoupled from the corporate and military interests underlying the industry. His nonfunctional satellite recasts the old question of “art for art’s sake” within a different field, asking whether we can imagine something like “aerospace engineering for aerospace engineering’s sake.”

Fantastic.

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