Notes from the Artist: “Hymns to the void, planetary attributes, light-captured evidence of cosmic occurrences, and willful space-manipulations of immaterial ideas-all while the Earth under your feet wobbles and drifts. These various photographic works come out of a period of intense, yet simple, astronomical observations undertaken in some vain hope of actually apprehending what it means to live on a planet in space. Aristotle understood the Earth as spherical in the 4th century BCE, when he argued that a lunar eclipse is proof of our own circumference, the shadow of ourselves. Aristotle’s proof places us centrally in a three-dimensional cosmic drama, one deduced solely by naked eye and available to all. Just look up.”

[MORE]The astronomers announced the observed abundance.
Philo of Byzantium observed that bang.
The fresh mythology
of who is powerful and why
Before the sun rises on Sunday, the search.
Where is home cowboy? My mind of universes erupting continuously,
observed by stellar matter
on Wednesday morning in the universe.
Human exploration: footprints and gods,
One small step for a man, and it was brief.
Testosterone is paid and left hungry,
and fell away towards the lingering concerns.
The Sun constantly fills space with
One mystery tune migrating outward,
away, out of harms way.
So galaxies of the Virgo cluster glow like years…
It was inner space, the universe inside time
years, years ago
Astronomers have gazed out at the compass of all existence
For years they found nothing
cause no one had looked.
Humanity has been fascinated by truths
We want to understand the seen
Object of Desire,
mirages. In each case, astronomers say, of dark and luminous matter
the exotic ghost-action
the universe, the news, knocks out Pluto and Xena
Genesis and the Sun cancel out
You are free to make your zen astronauts.
We are, as fallible
equivalent of a candles flicker,
out there. Until it ends.

JEANNE LIOTTA, The Science Times Series, 2000- 2008

Jeanne Liotta is a media artist hard at play in the fields of perception. Her most recent body of work encompasses a constellation of mediums at a curious intersection of art, science, and natural philosophy. Observando El Cielo, her 16mm film of the night skies captured from this turning tripod Earth, was voted one of the decades’ best by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, won the Tiger Award for Short Films at Rotterdam International Film Festival, and was listed in Artforum’s Top Ten Films of 2007. Her exhibition history ranges from 2006 Whitney Biennial: Day for Night, to the Cornell Astromical Society’s Science Friday Lectures at the Fuertes Observatory. In addition to artmaking she also maintains scholarly research into The Joseph Cornell Film Collection at Anthology Film Archives, and organizes a community garden screening series on the Lower East Side called Firefly Cinema. She has taught widely and variously, at The New School, Pratt Institute, The San Francisco Art Institute and The Museum School Boston. She is presently Assistant Professor at The Univ. of Colorado Boulder, as well as core faculty for the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

VOID OF COURSE, 2000-2010 Multiple color photographs & video stills