Orlando Helfer Rabaça

New Media Class Journal

[Yet to be defined cartographies through sedimentation of New Age dust]

“The artist has eliminated geopolitical divisions between countries, continents and people by sanding the surface of each globe and allowing their dust to intermingle on the table top. He uses an ‘international sandpaper’ he produced from mineral samples gathered from all countries recognised by the United Nations.”

“The dots in the above animation represent actual cataloged objects (payloads and debris) in orbit around Earth. The cataloged objects are generally 4 inches (10 cm) or larger, but there are many more debris objects too small to be tracked which pose a threat to operational spacecraft.“

[The layers of sediment in the Antrhopocene have exceeded the Earth’s crust]

(literally, "Earth-shaping") is the hypothetical process of deliberately modifying the atmosphere, temperature, surface topography or ecology of a planet, moon, or other body to be similar to the environment of Earth

“The machine draws a map and generates a satellite image out of it, which creates a new map and by that a new satellite image in an endless loop.“

“The two works track and follow the two Voyagers in relation to their current location on earth and in space.”

“The 50 twigs in this installation point in unison in the direction of the oldest piece of spacejunk currently above the horizon in their location.”

Heat maps of walking activity


Experiment 1:
openCV: ParticleDetection_test

transparent OLED Displays

“[...] rock that is made, modified and moved by humans. The new category has been proposed to recognise that man-made rocks are likely to last for long periods of Earth's future geological time, and will be important in humanity's long-term future.”


250 ml (1 cup) white flour
125 ml (1/2 cup) salt
10 ml (2 tsp.) alum
125 ml (1/2 cup) water
5 drops red food coloring
5 drops blue food coloring
3 drops yellow food coloring
250 ml (1 cup) coarse sand
125 ml (1/2 cup) gravel, 2 colors
30 ml (1/8 cup) oyster-shell pieces

“Indeed, concrete, not unlike milk and electricity, is a daily interface that thrives on anonymity and detachment from its source, giving us the sense that the smooth pour can be made endless.“

“Produced on Earth with the identical chemical composition as those found on the Moon, she questions when fiction becomes reality.”

“Collecting, inventorying, and analysing samples of various substances sourced in the city, we begin to unearth the cumulative production of waste information and materials.“

Did you mean: Footprint?

Sputnik 1
first piece of SpaceJunk

Experiment 2:
Airborne Particle

“[...] humans begin moving more sediment than traditional geomorphic processes (erosion, glaciation, etc. . .).
In the Anthropocene, things like real-estate markets become geomorphic agents, because fluctuations in housing prices, for example, determine how huge amounts of sediment gets moved across the planet.“

- p. 132, A Geology of Media, Jussi Parikka

Silicon Wafer

“[...] our intention of the Vage Space is an encouragement to stay consciously and maybe slightly longer inside the vague, to extend our space of possibilities and to add these possibilities to our current reality.[...] it is possible to become familiar with the unknown, train one’s intuition and to accept uncertainty, in order to face vagueness with curiosity and to enjoy its exploration.“


Experiment 3:

Footprint Scans



pix2pix - map2sat_pretrained/latest_net_G.pth