Picture Sky is a large-scale image creation tool that gets crowds to take photographs of the sky simultaneously with their mobile phones. The resulting images form vast composite images of the sky that are only possible through the distributed power of the crowd. Observers position themselves at points of a geographical grid and take pictures of the sky at the same time that a satellite captures an image looking down. The premise of the project is to construct an image equal and opposite to that taken by the satellite, by putting together all of the observers’ pictures. The crowd-sourced image is an artifact of the experience of looking at the sky simultaneously, of seeing it together. It’s a collective action that directs our attention to the atmosphere.
Karolina Sobecka (PL), Christopher Baker (US) Picture Sky
Participatory event, app, installation; 2015
Karolina Sobecka (PL)
Karolina Sobecka is an artist working at the intersection of art, science in technology. Her projects investigate what drives technological innovation, and shapes the philosophy that inscribes humans in nature. Karolina’s work has been shown internationally, and has received numerous awards, including from Creative Capital, Rhizome, NYFA (New York Film Academy), Princess Grace Foundation - USA, Eyebeam, Queens Museum, VIDA | Art and Artificial Life International Awards and Japan Media Arts Festival. Karolina founded the art and design studio Flightphase, has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, School of Visual Arts New York, University of Washington, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UC San Diego). She is a doctoral researcher at the Institute for Aesthetic Practice and Theory, HGK FHNW Basel.
Christopher Baker (US)
Christopher Baker is an artist whose work engages the rich collection of social, technological and ideological networks present in the urban landscape. Christopher’s work has been presented in festivals, galleries and museums in the US and internationally in venues including LABoral (Gijón, Spain), Museum of Communication (Bern, Switzerland), Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain (Luxembourg), Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina (Florence, Italy), as well as venues in France, Finland, Hungary, Denmark, Australia, the UK and Canada. He is currently an associate professor in the Art and Technology Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a visiting researcher at the ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado, Boulder.