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Mile 737 — 752 (Redacted)

Nov 16, 2020 - Nathan Kosta

The global vantage point provided by satellite photography provides for two coexisting forces in dialectical opposition. On one hand, the broadening of the conceptual perspective of the human experience through access to the mechanized, disembodied, unearthly, yet awe-inspiring perspective of global totality from an inaccessible physical space thousands of miles removed from our scale as individual humans. On the other, the expanding visual regime of the dominant global neoliberal market forces through the power to both mediate and construct this vantage point, as well as the ability to exploit the information itself for political and capital colonization and control. With no transparency throughout the system of collection and aggregation, the secondary access to this visual information provided to the public can never be considered objective or unaltered, though it initially appears so on an aesthetic level. Curiously, within the data sets themselves, there remain many visible remnants of actions to obfuscate, control, or alter the data. Through this series, I aim to investigate and document these traces, both to highlight the implicit exercises of power involved in their concealment, as well to create another vantage point within this data set, from which to visualize the concealment itself.