Régine Debatty Reflects on Trevor Paglen’s Shiny Satellites

“What if satellites were art?” asks critic Régine Debatty in her review of Trevor Paglen’s (temporarily closed) solo exhibition “Unseen Stars” at OGR Torino (IT). Revisiting his spacefaring sculpture Orbital Reflector (2018), the American artist shows a series of non-functional satellites he designed together with aerospace engineers. Their featureless mirror surfaces demonstrate what space exploration could look like if, as Debatty puts it, “it were not guided by nationalism, global surveillance, and industrial logics.”

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