ARECIBO

“Touching from a distance, further all the time...” - Ian Curtis

Exploration is deeply ingrained in the make up of human kind. Our struggle is that of contact. The Arecibo message was broadcast into space with the aim of reaching out to extraterrestrial life. The message was broadcast into space via frequency modulated radio waves at a ceremony to mark the remodeling of the Arecibo radio telescope on 16 November 1974. 

It was aimed at the globular star cluster M13 some 25,000 light years away. The "ones" and "zeros" contained information about the fundamentals of life on Earth. The total broadcast was less than three minutes. By the time the message reaches M13 the star cluster will no longer be in that location, therefore, the real purpose of the message was not to make contact but to demonstrate the capabilities and advances of humanity.

Arecibo is visual homage to the original message and a reflection on the birth of humanity, our growth and evolution.

Each image in the series is a composite of thousands of Jpegs extracted from Google Maps. The landscapes distorted by patterns of light, both natural and man made, explore important punctuations in human history.

Birth of man: Border of Angola and Namibia - Estimated Origins of Modern Human.

Birth of man:

Border of Angola and Namibia - Estimated Origins of Modern Human.

Neolithic Age:  East Africa - Some of the Earliest Utilisation of Fire.  

Neolithic Age: 
East Africa - Some of the Earliest Utilisation of Fire.
 

Bronze Age: River Nile, Egypt - Some of the earliest foundations of civilisation.

Bronze Age:
River Nile, Egypt - Some of the earliest foundations of civilisation.

Iron Age: Indus Valley: Development of Decimal Numerical System.  

Iron Age:

Indus Valley: Development of Decimal Numerical System.
 

Islamic Golden Age: Mesopotamia: Development of Trigonometry. 

Islamic Golden Age:

Mesopotamia: Development of Trigonometry. 

Renaissance: Florence, Italy.

Renaissance:

Florence, Italy.

Industrial Revolution: Northern England.

Industrial Revolution:

Northern England.

Nuclear Age:  Trinity Nuclear Test Site, Nevada, USA - Testing of Early Atomic Bombs.

Nuclear Age: 
Trinity Nuclear Test Site, Nevada, USA - Testing of Early Atomic Bombs.

Information Age:  The Moon - Site of Apollo Landings.

Information Age: 
The Moon - Site of Apollo Landings.