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Dark Sky: everyday science fiction and the mechanics of the sky

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky reserve is four

    thousand three hundred square kilometres

    of New Zealand's South Island recognised for

    the stability and transparency of its atmosphere,

    and the absence of light pollution. Standing at the

    Mount John observatory at night, the sky does not

    appear flat or black but an undulating and variegated

    grey mass. With the naked eye, the depth of

    space is overwhelming, vertiginous-everything

    seems in motion. Yet when reduced by a camera to a set of pixels, or silver halide crystals, the image

    captured loses scale and immersion. When sky becomes paper the stars strewn across its surface are

    equally flattened. They become Informational points standing in for the experience of vision. Photographs

    struggle to capture the embodied observer, extending the duration of our perceptions, aggregating

    information before our eyes and extending it beyond the visible spectrum.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Ballard, S. "Dark Sky: everyday science fiction and the mechanics of the sky." Eyeline 78/79 (2013): 30-34.

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 30

End Page


  • 34

Volume


  • 78/79

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.eyelinepublishing.com

Abstract


  • The Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky reserve is four

    thousand three hundred square kilometres

    of New Zealand's South Island recognised for

    the stability and transparency of its atmosphere,

    and the absence of light pollution. Standing at the

    Mount John observatory at night, the sky does not

    appear flat or black but an undulating and variegated

    grey mass. With the naked eye, the depth of

    space is overwhelming, vertiginous-everything

    seems in motion. Yet when reduced by a camera to a set of pixels, or silver halide crystals, the image

    captured loses scale and immersion. When sky becomes paper the stars strewn across its surface are

    equally flattened. They become Informational points standing in for the experience of vision. Photographs

    struggle to capture the embodied observer, extending the duration of our perceptions, aggregating

    information before our eyes and extending it beyond the visible spectrum.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Ballard, S. "Dark Sky: everyday science fiction and the mechanics of the sky." Eyeline 78/79 (2013): 30-34.

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 30

End Page


  • 34

Volume


  • 78/79

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.eyelinepublishing.com