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Trevor Paglen

Since 1963, more than eight hundred spacecraft have been launched into geosynchronous orbit, forming a man-made ring of satellites around the Earth. These satellites are destined to become the longest-lasting artifacts of human civilization, quietly floating through space long after every trace of humanity has disappeared from the planet.

Trevor Paglen’s The Last Pictures is a project that marks one of these spacecraft with a visual record of our contemporary historical moment. In 2012, the communications satellite EchoStar XVI was launched into geostationary orbit with the disc mounted to its anti-earth deck. While the satellite’s broadcast images are as fleeting as the light-speed radio waves they travel on, The Last Pictures will remain in outer space slowly circling the Earth until the Earth itself is no more.

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The Last Pictures Artifact.

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Some of the images on the disc.

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EchoStar XVI launch in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, November 21st 2012.

Trevor Paglen, ‘The Last Pictures’ (2012)


Steven Pippin

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Steven Pippin, ‘A Naked Singularity’ (2014)


Yngve Holen

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Detail from the exhibition ‘Parasagittal Brain’ (2011) by Yngve Holen.


John Bock

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John Bock, ‘Klappdiagramm’ (2013)

Wood, bicycle fork, textile, photograph, metal, wire, hinges, etc.


Rachel Koolen

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Rachel Koolen, works from ‘Swallow a bird‘ (2014)


Stuart Hawkins

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Stuart Hawkins, ‘Laundry Room’ (2010)


André Breton and Philippe Soupault

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André Breton and Philippe Soupault, excerpt from ‘The Magnetic Fields’ (1920)

Translated by Maria Elena Buszek

Magical squares do not make good stopping places.


Phyllida Barlow

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Phyllida Barlow, ‘Object for the television’ (1994)


Giles Round

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Giles Round, ‘Untitled, 1943-1944, (SORRY!), 2014′

Lithograph on book page, 280 x 215mm


Rirkrit Tiravanija

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‘Double Beach Towel’ by Rirkrit Tiravanija