Week5/Midterm Blog/Connor Petty

Art is human expressionism; always was, always will be (hopefully). It is from this understanding that arise the infinite possibilities of the human imagination. In the previous weeks, various aspects of expressionism were shown, as well as the different ways it can take form. From math, to robotics, to the human body; all are tools to help fuel the imagination and push the boundaries of the mind. It may seem wrong to generalize in this way, but the truth is that art has always grown right beside science. Even before they were distinguishable, they have nurtured and grown together; each relying on the other to help move forward one step at a time. But in the last hundred years, science began to take steps of its own and art has been left behind. It’s not art’s fault that it was left behind, but merely that it was time for art to walk on its own. What I have learned in this class is that art has indeed begun to walk on its own. Using technology as its median, art has taken great leaps forward and is trying to catch up to science. It is still behind however, and it may never catch up to science. But as long as art continues ride upon the newest advancements in technology, it won’t be far behind.

It is to this end that I propose my Satellite Constellation project. This project would use the forefront of space satellite technology to allow art to take a big step forward. On October 4, 1957 the first satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched into orbit around earth; this was a large step made by science and art has yet to make such a step. The night sky has always been the source of imagination for those who gaze upon it and yet it the only outlet of such imagination were the constellations. Times have changed, and since this is now the space era, the night sky can now be the artist’s canvas and art could make take a giant step forward. The Satellite Constellation project would be that step. Through the use of mirrors and electrodynamic tethers, orbiting satellites flying in formation would add constellations to the sky. And not just static constellations, but constellations that could move and rotate and change themselves into any shape desired. The night sky would no longer be static and moving constellations would be visible by anyone, anywhere.

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