The sophistication of digital mapping creates a near seamless view of the Earth’s surface. The high-resolution images prevent disruption of the view from above. This is achieved by mosaicing together images from numerous satellites, each with varying spacial resolutions. The ‘spacial resolution’ is the smallest area of land that can be seen in sharp focus by the satellite. By comprehending the physical reality of their digital gaze on Earth through an installation, it enables a greater understanding of these abstract machines.
Replica spacial resolutions were made to form ‘Pixels’ out of mylar blankets, the same material is used as thermal protection on the outside of satellites, and placed as an installation piece in a quarry in Bristol. One was 5x5m, for the Sentinel 2B satellite, and another was 2x2m, for the Geo Eye satellite. The Pixel installations are representations of the technological gaze and attempt to give scale to satellite vision.
Seen within this extractive space, these give a sense of scale to the vast coverage of satellite vision and places the satellite perspective directly within the sort of anthropogenic landscape it was born from.