All Utopias Fell

Except the one by Michael Oatman; this one is still standing.

All utopias fell is a project in three parts: The ShiningThe Library of the Sun, and Codex Solis.

The Shining is a 1970s-era satellite in the form of an Airstream trailer, that has seemingly just crash-landed; it was inspired by an earlier era of pulp aeronauts such as Buck Rogers, Tom Swift, and Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, as well as the works of Giotto, Jules Verne, NASA, and Chris Marker’s 1962 film La Jetée.

Intrepid visitors can climb a staircase through the Boiler House and enter the craft where they will encounter The Library of the Sun. Hybridizing a domestic space, a laboratory, and a library, this tight environment has the feel of a hermitage, where the occupant will “be right back,” only it is now 30 years later. Videos relating to the sun and its mythology flicker to life on the cockpit’s instrumentation panels.

Once inside the craft, visitors will be able to view Codex Solis, a massive field of photovoltaic (PVs) or solar panels. At 50kw, the field generates 3% of the power consumed by MASS MoCA. Within this 230-foot long grid, mirrors are interspersed in the middle of the field, the reflective gaps suggesting an absent text. The arrangement of mirrors and solar panels is based on a specific quote by an unnamed author, and will not be revealed by the artist; instead the public will be encouraged to spend time with the piece, watch the reflected sky, and solve the riddle as birds and planes, inverted, fly by.” [source]

MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
September 2nd, 2019

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