Christine Zuercher

Interstitial Spaces

In traveling to the dark outer reaches of our planet, there exists the drive to find out something new about ourselves and the vastness above us. Shortwave radio and the Space Race of the 1950’s and 1960’s cultivated intensely individual and collective experiences that bridged the gap of distance through technology. My research on shortwave radio and space travel as landmarks of exploration includes photographs, shortwave spy codes, a spacesuit, and a growing collection of the QSL cards that shortwave operators mail to one another. Our evolving relationship with technology drives our constant need to explore remote and unknown places. This investigation has driven my own need to seek answers, experiences, and the unknown. I address an internal otherness that has shifted by travel and my personal exploration. The building of my own spacesuit is a manifestation of these experiences. I am investigating the pauses, the interstitial spaces, and my own relationship with history. I am commenting on our cultural associations with communication and distance while challenging the ownership and definitions of space exploration.

Photography encourages us to dream of exploring unknown lands through its subjective nature. The blending of real and make believe will produce a visual dialogue that asks: How quiet would things be if all other technology failed and we only heard the humming of radios? How would we communicate differently if we only had shortwave radio? Would we be able to hear the humming of radios from other planets? What does static sound like in space? When you come back from space, do you miss it? Do you hear the stars pounding in your ears? Is there such thing as a planetary membrane of thought? Does the Earth have thoughts? Can historical technology remind us of a history that is no longer ours? Can we reclaim history and make it our own? Are we historical hunters or gatherers? Do we find history or create it?

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