The unknowable and the uncertain seem to be taking up more and more space in everyday cognitive reality. Politics, science, technology, and religion propagate beliefs and promises which are at odds with the realities of everyday living. Namely, that we can remake the world and generally become happy and healthy indefinitely. It’s a source of anxiety. Peak anxiety satellite, is an amateur experiment which tries to bridge the gap between our desire for a better future and our everyday anxiety about the present compromise. In this experiment, Ounanian, reproduces the design of a soviet era anxiety receiving satellite (whose design may or may not have been released on wiki-leaks); sending human anxieties over a short distance to be received by a 12 foot arial balloon set to orbit the earth.
This project will be shown as part of the 2011 Distance Festival initiated by Joon Lynn Goh and will be presented at three different venues: Homo Novus in Latvia (3 – 9 Sept), LIFT (London, 14-17 Oct), and Wunderbar (Newcastle, 31 Oct – 6 Nov). This project will not be used to generate funds for any of the above organisations, and will not in any way be used for commercial gain. The purpose is to primarily promote ham-radio and amateur television and its enthusiasts.
I am an artist and an in-training Ham Radio enthusiast. My father spent many an hour in his ham-shack laboratory speaking over the airways and cooking up home-brew electronics projects. Incidentally, I like to do the same thing, only different.