Journals of Exploration (Preview excerpt)
Visualisation: Peter Morse
Music: Glenn Rogers
4k, Surround Sound
Data sources (public domain):
Journals of Exploration (2024) WIP
A visual-musical collaboration between media artist Peter Morse and composer Glenn Rogers, Journals of Exploration is a work-in-progress widescreen and multiscreen video installation that invokes the sense of exploration of extreme landscapes of Earth and other bodies in our solar system that might harbour life.
Beginning at the world biodiversity hotspot of the Great Southern, the Ediacaran fauna of the Stirling Ranges and the Nullarbor regions of Western Australia, it traverses extreme landscapes far away from human habitation, across the Southern Ocean to Antarctica, before embarking on a journey across our solar system to Mars and further afield, revealing the visual analogues of terrestrial geology and environments where life might have evolved and may yet exist.
From here we embark upon a speculative journey to the remote Jovian moons Europa, Callisto and Ganymede, to Saturn's Enceladus, Titan, and Mimas, and thence to the Ice Giants, Uranus and Neptune, and their candidate moons Miranda, Ariel and Triton.
Further afield we encounter Pluto and the interstellar shard 'Omuamua en route to our nearest exoplanetary system at Proxima Centauri, 4.2 light-years from Earth.
Created using contemporary satellite, planetary and astrophysical observation data, generative AI and computer simulation, Journals of Exploration is a stately and meditative voyage across possible landscapes of life, both scientifically known and imaginatively proposed, seeking the rhythms of landforms, the timelessness of time, the overview effect.