Earth Station, 2011 (sample edit)

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Format – Presented on 32″ flatscreen TV with wireless headphones.

Earthstation was filmed at a 32 meter diameter trans-Atlantic communications satellite dish in east Cork, which was launched in 1984. Put offline in 1997, it has recently been modified with radar to serve as a space telescope in conjunction with Blackrock castle observatory. The piece illustrates a newspaper article from 1988 which describes the appearance, location and capabilities of the dish and promises to bring Ireland into a bright new future. The piece is narrated by Jack Machachev a recent immigrant to Ireland from the Ukraine. The piece weaves together Irelands once expected future, its present state and seeds for its progress.

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