As part of the program Watching Science: Films for Experiments, screened beneath the trees of the Agios Athanasios churchyard at night, SIFF presented its own found-footage compilation of ‘abstract’ imagery culled from the NASA public domain archives, accompanied by a live score from the inimitable Mike Cooper.
Moving images continue to open up new worlds and constellations. Cameras in space capture and reanimate unseeable worlds across a spectrum of light invisible to the human eye.
Here we present a selection from the public archives of NASA space programs—images from solar and planetary instruments such as the Solar Dynamics Observatory, MAVEN, and Fermi, whose unprecedented scientific observations find beautiful contradiction in the visual force of their near-abstraction.
Beamed down from space, these videos also possess a unique weight to their imagery: pictures from a vacuum, they are some of the only movie-recordings without any association, any possible intrusion, of sound.