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Earth Sound Earth SignalEnergies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts$
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Douglas Kahn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257801

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257801.001.0001

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Thomas Ashcraft

Thomas Ashcraft


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Earth Sound Earth Signal

Douglas Kahn

University of California Press

The artwork and independent science of Thomas Ashcraft is presented. The chronicling of microorganism specimens from rain barrels on his property is correlated to recordings of electromagnetic specimens in radio space, and unified with the dry biotic of transpermia as an explanation for the possibility of life on earth, and Ashcraft’s notion of completing the circuit with radio astronomical signals through “bio-porting.” The radio astronomer Grote Reber and astronomer David H. Levy act as models of independent research, with the Shoemaker-Levy comet’s collision with Jupiter providing Ashcraft with an occasion for radio observation. Late-night performance events where the audience waited to listen to the brief and noisy sweep of Jupiter radio bursting were held at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe.

Keywords:   Thomas Ashcraft, amateur science, amateur astronomy, amateur radio astronomy, microorganisms and art, biology and art, Jupiter bursting, Jupiter radio, Grote Reber

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