In collaboration with
100+ participants in Shanghai
sky, atmosphere, cloud, satellite, picture
Upload your captured 'sky' to
Supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai
What is Picture Sky?
Picture Sky, Karolina Sobecka, 2015.
Picture Sky is a large-scale image creation tool that organizes crowds to simultaneously take photographs of the sky with their mobile phones. The resulting images form vast composite images of the sky only possible through the distributed power of the crowd. Observers position themselves at points of a geographical grid and take pictures of the sky at the same time that a satellite captures an image looking down. The premise of the project is to construct an image equal and opposite to the one taken by the satellite, by collecting together all of the observers’ pictures. The crowd-sourced image is an artifact of the experience of looking at the sky simultaneously, of seeing it together. It's a collective action that directs our attention to the atmosphere.
In resonance with the Chronus Art Center (CAC) summer exhibition Machines Are Not Alone, artist Karolina Sobecka brings the project to Shanghai and invites 100-plus participants to join us!
In the process of Picture Sky
How to accomplish an art project in the collective — Instructions：
Take out your phone and go to
Type in your name. You will be credited as part of the project Picture Sky in the exhibition.
The shooting time is at 1:19 pm on July 8, exactly the same time when a satellite flying over Shanghai. Please make sure the picture is taken at the same moment. There is a countdown timer on the website for your notice.
Please mark your location on the map before shooting.
Open the camera on your phone.
Facing the North (you can use the compass on phone).
Take a picture of the sky. Try to keep away from any blockage so the whole image could be covered only by the sky.
Go back to the website and upload the picture.
For video instructions, please visit http://chronusartcenter.org/en/picture-sky-invites-you-to-join/
How To Sign Up？
Please scan the QR code below before 1:19 pm, July 8 to join the Picture Sky group on WeChat.
For your first message in the group, please share your name + occupation + location.
You are also welcomed to add CAC as friend on WeChat.
Search chronusartcenterorg and send a friend request. Please note "Picture Sky Sign Up".
If you have any question, please leave a comment below this article.
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<About the Artists>
Karolina Sobecka is an artist working at the intersection of art, science in technology. Her projects investigate what drives technological innovation, and shapes the philosophy that inscribes humans in nature. Karolina’s work has been shown internationally and has received numerous awards, including from Creative Capital, Rhizome, NYFA, Princess Grace Foundation, Eyebeam, Queens Museum, Vida Art and Artificial Life Awards and Japan Media Arts Festival. Karolina founded art and design studio Flightphase, has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, School of Visual Arts, University of Washington, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She is a doctoral researcher at the Institute for Aesthetic Practice and Theory, HGK FHNW Basel.
Christopher Baker is an artist whose work engages the rich collection of social, technological and ideological networks present in the urban landscape. Christopher’s work has been presented at festivals, galleries and museums in the US and internationally in venues including, Laboral (Gijon, Spain), Museum of Communication (Bern, Switzerland), Casino Luxembourg – Forumd’art Contemporain (Luxembourg), Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina (Florence, Italy), as well as venues in France, Finland, Hungary, Denmark, Australia, the UK and Canada. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Art and Technology Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
< About Exhibition Machines Are Not Alone >
In this summer, Chronus Art Center will present the group exhibition Machines Are Not Alone. Exposing machines as systems, networks, milieus, natures of many orders and cultures of different kinds, this exhibition will investigate and discuss the symbiosis and reciprocity between natural and cultural machines.
The exhibition will begin as a prologue to the Device Art Triennale 2018. It will launch at Chronus Art Center in Shanghai in the summer of 2018, and then continue to the Zagreb Contemporary Art Museum in the winter, finally culminates at the Guangzhou Museum of Art as a component of 6th Guangzhou Triennale. Each traveling iteration will situate itself in the local milieu and create interconnections with its immediate surroundings and umwelt.
Project supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai