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The Last Pictures: Visual Time Capsule to Orbit Earth The Last Pictures: Visual Time Capsule to Orbit Earth
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The Last Pictures: Visual Time Capsule to Orbit Earth

by Yasha Wallin

September 29, 2012
Tens of thousands of feet above Earth, the remnants of our communication satellites orbit in a ring with such stable conditions they will last for billions of years. But what if someone or something ever discovered them? That's the question artist Trevor Paglen, commissioned by Creative Time, decided to tackle in a five-year journey talking to scholars, scientists, philosophers, and artists. The result is "The Last Pictures," a time capsule of images, hand selected by Paglen to represent our uncertain times, set to launch into space on a rocket later this year.
 
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PAGLEN: I have no idea. The guys at MIT think that it will be found by robots. The robots will scan it and will understand that these are images. I have my opinion about whether the images will ever be found and other people have theirs. That's part of the fun of the project. 
 
Photos from "The Last Pictures" courtesy of Creative Time
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