The small town of Vitanje has been implemented with the building and institution of KSEVT (Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies) in 2012. KSEVT has changed the life of Vitanje quite radically and placed Vitanje on the global map... But, until today, the digital imagery of Google Maps satellite photo database has not been updated and still shows the old local community building that was standing on the place of KSEVT. We took this opportunity to run a project of producing the updated orthophoto image of the area of Vitanje with KSEVT.
It wasn't just about showing updated reality of the place we were working in. It was also about understanding that the world and outer space is watching and having the opportunity to communicate.
Sending a message meant to create one single snapshot. What are the techniques needed for doing that? Scale was certainly an important issue together with the simplicity of means of communication. We have referenced examples of land art from primitive cultures to contemporary sophisticated endeavours.
Documenting the action – taking the snapshot – was engineered via various technical possibilities including on-demand satellite image, ultra-light airplane and regular photo-drone. All of those devices were organised to be at the exact specific time above exact specific place ready to take that exact image – the message to outer space.