“Sehnsüchtig gleiten Ballone rund um die Welt”

Green Light Pavilion

Blame it on Google Earth: The view from above is becoming a dominant perspective in aesthetics. As linear perspective spread with the Renaissance, the satellite view rose with our Global Village; this godlike yet profane vision, ushered in with the televised space launches of the ’60s, has intensified alongside globalization. Some artists are attempting to take political questions to the open skies in a way reminiscent of the generation that found its problems and answers in the media landscape. We may soon look at all issues—environmental protection, urban planning, poverty, and even race—with the eye of the weatherman.

Sehnsüchtig gleiten Ballone rund um die Welt” (Longing Balloons Are Floating Around the World) exemplifies the satellite Weltanschauung. This group exhibition in progress, which began last September and will end in June 2006, evolves like the seasons; every two to three

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