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The exhibit charts the polar projections, global 'over-views,' and immersive maps shared between (civil) defense discourses and the 'Aerial Arts' of Robert Smithson, Walter de Maria, and others.
In drawing out their cartographic response to space (and arms) race rhetoric, the show traverses a moment of global, intimate, and militarized mapping that resonates with our own.
(For a deeper description check out aerial-arts.org)
FUNDING NEEDS AND PROGRESS
Right now, I’m nearly 90% done with the graphics and need, at minimum, $1500 to cover archival, glicee printing ($600), mounting ($600), and to offset travel for out-of-town guest speakers ($300). The remaining goes to miscellaneous installation costs and reward production. Surplus funding will contribute to the cost of curatorial booklets and supplement Studio-X NYC’s event budget.
Please help make this exhibition a success by making a contribution today. For those who can contribute, I’ve got some amazing rewards.It’s all original design (and historic commentary): cartographic buttons, drone decks, and even limited-edition prints!
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Before jumping into details, I want to emphasize that you’ll not only be supporting production, but helping make possible a really rich, collaborative series of conversations on aerial imaging in art, architecture, and urbanism.
Lectures and discussions include (calendar):
William Fox, director of the Center for Art + Environment, on aeriality;
Enrique Ramirez, from Princeton, and Sonja Duemplemann, from Harvard, on the paranoia of reconnaissance photos and camouflaging camouflage;
Laura Kurgan, director of the Spatial information lab at Columbia and Bradley Samuels, a partner at Situ Studio, on the politics and forensic practice of remote sensing;
Annette Fierro, from Penn Design, on post-blitz urbanism in London.
Also, I couldn’t do this without the exceptional support and space of Studio-X NYC. Pledge and purchase to help bring these engagements off without a hitch.
If you are in New York please join us and participate in the aerial dialogue!
Thanks! Meg/Siteations Studio
... and now, what you've been waiting for:
All support comes with acknowledgement in the curatorial booklets and on the website.
AERIAL ARTS BUTTONS
(10$) AERIAL ARTS BUTTONS: Show off your cartography consciousness! Rock some iconic WWII and Cold War aerial maps. The series includes: peace-time airplane routes (1944/61), polar projections of attack (1946), MoMA's inhabitable globe (1943), and the command-and-control nodes of early satellites (1964).
1” pin-back buttons, us-delivery
DRONE DECK RECOGNITION CARDS
($25) DRONE DECK RECOGNITION CARDS: Surprise your friends; identify the suspicious objects in your airspace! These playing cards feature an updated (and graphically refined) mixture of the recognition silhouettes used to train 'aircraft spotters' during WWII and the Cold War. Covering a wide array of 'aerial attention,' the deck spans from late 1930's bombers and early terrain tracking missiles to the drones of today. Sorted by suite: hearts are bombers; diamonds are drones and missiles; spades are anti-craft guns; clubs are radar and spotting instruments.
Poker sized playing cards (2.5'' x 3.5''), 300 gsm, clear plastic case
Fonts: Trend HM Sans, Benito Clean, and Veneer Extra
AERIAL ARTS PRINTS
($40, $75, $140) AERIAL ARTS PRINTS (12" x 24"): Of the eight boards being produced for the show, I’m offering four as limited-edition, half-sized, giclée prints. Taken from the Air-Age and Cold War series, they will be printed on archival quality, satin luster paper (300 gsm) with Canon Lucia inks. The total exterior measurements, 12”x24”, include 2” borders at the top and bottom and 1” on the left and right. Each print will be discretely signed and numbered in the lower right corner.
See below for individual content descriptions and ordering instructions.
12”x 24” giclée, 300 gsm satin luster paper, Canon Lucia inks.
ORDERING PRINTS: Choose your reward category from the list above. Look at the list below and check for the LETTER that corresponds with your choice. After you select the reward amount and enter your details, type the LETTER or LETTERS corresponding to your choice in between brackets following your STREET ADDRESS.
PLEASE NOTE: Enter this code to guarantee your print choices. Please email me the code if you forget to include it.
Air-Age & Cold War Cartographic Consumption
Air-Age & Cold War Cartographic Consumption: This board introduces the rise of cartographic production and consumption during WWII. Through the publishing timeline, thematic geography, and graphic samples, it reviews the types of ‘global,’ aerial maps and oblique overviews that were adapted for Air-Age propaganda and educational campaigns.
Air-Age & Cold War Aerial Defense Discourses
Air-Age & Cold-War Aerial Defense Discourses: This board looks at the way polar maps were used to provoke popular anxiety over aerial attack as well as providing compensatory forms of engagement. The timeline and thematic geography track the reach of Cold-War atomic arms and propaganda promoting Arctic radar defense systems. The samples show typical polar map projections from Air-Age curriculum, lessons which were seen as the initial step toward flight training, Civil Air Patrol, and civil defense participation.
Air-Age & Cold War Institutions & Immersions
Air-Age & Cold War Institutions & Immersions: This board examines the different ‘aerial’ exhibition tactics that migrated between museums, civil defense training, and the mundane militarization of life during the Cold War. The upper geographies derive from MoMA ‘Airways to Peace’ exhibition of 1943, while the timeline and visual samples trace the various ‘aerial’ models and overhead views used during 1950s civil defense.
Air-Age & Cold War Evolving A(l)ttitudes
Air-Age & Cold War Evolving A(l)ttitudes: This board examines the popular treatment of early satellite sensing in relation to Air-Age 'global' iconography and astronaut-captured images. Through the timeline, thematic geography, and graphic samples, it reviews the types and altitude of image reception from 1930's aerial surveys to1960's meteorological satellites.
Risks and challenges
I’ve already done a round of color proofs, paper and material samples. I’ve got boxes, tubes, and mailers. So the only challenge for the Kickstarter campaign is making the time for mailing in November.
Given that I’ll order rewards just after Aerial Arts opens, things should be ready for distribution on October 29th, after it comes down. Posters will go out first and buttons last, but rewards will be in your hands by the 1st of December.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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