OPTICKS IS A LIVE AUDIO-VISUAL RADIO TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE MOON
a project by Daniela de Paulis in collaboration with international radio operators
OPTICKS is a live radio transmission performance between the Earth and the Moon during which images are sent to the Moon and back as radio signals. The project has been realized by visual artist Daniela de Paulis (IT/NL) in collaboration with the CAMRAS radio amateurs association based at the Dwingeloo radio telescope in The Netherlands and international radio enthusiasts.
OPTICKS employs a technology called Earth-Moon-Earth or Moonbounce, developed shortly after WWII by the US Military as a form of reliable radio communication also used for espionage purposes. EME uses the Moon as a natural reflector for radio signals.
In October 2009 visual artist Daniela de Paulis pioneered a new application of the Moonbounce technology, that she called Visual Moonbounce, sending images to the Moon and back.
The title OPTICKS is inspired by Newton’s discoveries of the light spectrum, reflection and refraction. Similarly, the colours composing an image – converted into radio signals – are bounced off the Moon (reflected and refracted) by its surface during each live performance.
The performance is introduced by live sounds of amateurs radio signals captured by the radio antennas tracking the moon.
Background image courtesy of JAXA/NHK