The city transforms under Paul Kneale’s eyes, as his vision surpasses the notion of the everyday to reach the interstellar landscape. He looks outwardly, probing the boundary between the curiosity towards space and the trivialisation of it: the cosmos, in its immensity, is already littered with discarded satellites and clutter of data, exchanged between satellites and antennas – which, as they hover over Earth in a halo of debris, reflect the day-to-day, urban environment.
For his series Event Horizon – Space Junk, Kneale re-sizes the Universe to the exhibition room, investigating its cosmic truths with the recreation of space junk – almost literally.
The natural and obscure phenomena of the black hole shrinks under Paul Kneale’s practice: the mystery of the singularity becomes accessible to the human gaze, as it is re-sized to a trash-can with a glowing, custom-made event horizon. As the image of light remains stuck in time on the event horizon of the black hole, the debris of satellites float aimlessly in Earth’s orbit; the trash can, hence, becomes theatre for gluttony, a place of disposal and commentary of the engagement of society towards the digital.