Deep Space Transmissions, 2010
As an animator and abstract painter I am fascinated with the recording and rapid transmission of gestures. Concerning Deep Space Transmissions in particular, I am interested in the allegory of language and the pure conveyance of the imagery itself, examining the general process of understanding between the viewer and the piece. The most powerful broadcast ever deliberately beamed into space was from Puerto Rico in 1974. The transmission consisted of a simple, pictorial message, aimed at the star cluster M13. Scientists felt that aliens would obviously be able to decrypt and understand the message because of the believed sophistication of those receiving the imagery. This one-time event has inspired me to experiment with the idea of how artists make assumptions and to what degree the viewer plays in that process.