The Weight of Information

Satellite, public events, software, radio, Low Earth Orbit, 04.12.12 — 14.05.14

The Weight of Information is an orbital artwork based on a pico-satellite originally launched on April 19th 2014, and scheduled for re-launch in 2017.

A 2cm x 2cm low-cost autonomous satellite is launched into low earth orbit. The satellite is placed on a decaying orbit and slowly spirals back to Earth. During the orbit the satellite fills its memory with data from its on board accelermoter and magenetometer sensors. The data is immediately deleted and meta data about the quantity of information deleted is transmitted back to ground stations on Earth. The Weight of Information Satellite (TWOi) exists in a universe where gravitation is caused by information, and it wants to escape its spiral trajectory back to Earth. It attempts to climb to a higher orbit by deleting information, to ascend by forgetting. On Earth a series of events called Meet to Delete are staged where people gather to delete their personal information, burning or shredding paper work and clearing data storage in order to and help the satellite by making the world a little lighter.

The project has been manifested as a series of events and exhibitions and one orbital attempt in 2014 as part of Zachary Manchester’s Kicksat project on ISS resuply mission CRS-3. After a successful launch and separation orbit the satellite failed to achieve autonomous flight. The orbital attempt is documented in the gallery exhibition Meet to Delete Ground Station

A second launch and event series is scheduled for 2017 including a public ground station installation in Civic Square in Wellington.

Events

06Nov2015
The Engine Room, East End Block 1, Massey University 63 Wallace Street, Entrance C

TWOi Ground Station

Time 17:00

Location -41.301732, 174.775629

The Engine Room, East End Block 1, Massey University 63 Wallace Street, Entrance C

Contact

15Aug2015
EG02 Lecture Theatre, UNSW Art & Design, Greens Rd, Paddington

TWOI at Energies in the Arts

Time 11:00

Location -33.8839, 151.2203

EG02 Lecture Theatre, UNSW Art & Design, Greens Rd, Paddington

Contact

28Mar2015
Media Lab, School of Design, 139 Vivian St, Te Aro, Wellington,  New Zealand

TWOI at Arduino Day 2015

Time 13:00

Location -41.295335, 174.775610

Media Lab, School of Design, 139 Vivian St, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand

Contact

14May2014

Re-entry

Time 01:30 UTC

Location 19.029252, 4.254573

09May2014
Bogota, Colombia

Meet to Delete: Bogota

Time 19:30

Bogota, Colombia

Contact

07May2014
1610 Satellite Court, Prescott, Arizona, USA

Meet to Delete: Prescott

Time 14:30 (UTC -7)

Location 34.570187, -112.466652

1610 Satellite Court, Prescott, Arizona, USA

Contact

05May2014
Kaasutehtaankatu 1/21 (Rakennus/Building 7), Suvilahti 00540 Helsinki, Finland

Meet to Delete: Pixelache

Time 17:00 EEST (UTC +2)

Location 60.186982,24.974123

Kaasutehtaankatu 1/21 (Rakennus/Building 7), Suvilahti 00540 Helsinki, Finland

Contact

04May2014
Kalarand, Kalamaja, Tallinn

Meet to Delete: Ptarmigan

Time 21:00 EET (UTC +2)

Location 59.447889, 24.748500

Kalarand, Kalamaja, Tallinn

Contact

04May2014
Szigethalom, 2315, Hungary

Receive & Recycle

Location 47.330497,18.993368

Szigethalom, 2315, Hungary

Contact

04May2014
247 Roberts Avenue, Whangnaui, 4500, New Zealand

Meet to Delete: Whanganui

Time 16:30 NZST

Location -39.885093, 175.067864

247 Roberts Avenue, Whangnaui, 4500, New Zealand

26Apr2014
Up Galerie, 17 avenue Pauel Dejaer, 1060 Bruxelles, Belgium

Meet to Delete: Up Galerie

Time 17:00 CEST (UTC +1)

Location 50.826997, 4.344791

Up Galerie, 17 avenue Pauel Dejaer, 1060 Bruxelles, Belgium

Contact

19Apr2014
The Ward Observatory, St Hill St, Whanganui, New Zealand

Launch Screening

Time 07:00 NZST (UTC+12)

Location 39°55′59″S 175°02′57″E

The Ward Observatory, St Hill St, Whanganui, New Zealand

15Apr2014
Ward Observatory, St. Hill St, Wanganui, New Zealand

Launch Attempt Screening: Ward Observatory

Time 08:00 AM NZST (UTC+12)

Location 39°55′59″S 175°02′57″E

Ward Observatory, St. Hill St, Wanganui, New Zealand

14Apr2014
Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla, USA

Launch

Time 4:08 (EDT)

Location 28.56221,-80.57734

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla, USA

12Apr2014
37 Fortunatus Street, Wellington, New Zealand

Meet to Delete: Test Pilot

Time 18:00 NZST

Location -41.311788, 174.767472

37 Fortunatus Street, Wellington, New Zealand

Contact

16Mar2014
Ward Observatory, St. Hill St, Wanganui, New Zealand

Pre-Launch Talk

Time 20:30 NZDT (UTC +13)

Location 39°55′59″S 175°02′57″E

Ward Observatory, St. Hill St, Wanganui, New Zealand

10Oct2013
 Room 311, Stockholm School of Economics, Strelnieku street 4a, Riga Latvia

TWOi at Media Art Histories Renew

Time 11:15 CEST

Location 56.959290, 24.107543

Room 311, Stockholm School of Economics, Strelnieku street 4a, Riga Latvia

03Oct2013
C-Base, Rungestraße 20 10179 Berlin-Mitte, Germany

TWOi at Wireless Summit 2013

Time 13:30 (CEST) 14:30

Location 52.512963, 13.420671

C-Base, Rungestraße 20 10179 Berlin-Mitte, Germany

13Sep2013
C3 Church, 22 Vogel Street, Dunedin

TWOi at Ada Symposium 2013: Space:Network:Memory

C3 Church, 22 Vogel Street, Dunedin

23Jun2013
Santa Fe CCA – Cinemateque Studio, Santa Fe, NM, USA

TWOi at Currents 2013: “New Media: Arts & Sciences”

Time 14:00 16:00

Location 35.673884, -105.938201

Santa Fe CCA – Cinemateque Studio, Santa Fe, NM, USA

20May2013
NASA Research Park, Mountain View, CA, USA

TWOi at ISAW4

NASA Research Park, Mountain View, CA, USA

Contact

Credits

  • Zachary Manchester
  • Jason Quinn
  • Mike Paulin
  • Andrew Hornblow
  • Richard Lowenberg
  • Ian Ground
  • Christian Pointer
  • Poul Fuxjaeger
  • Mike Newmann
  • Whanganui Astronomical Society
  • Whanganui District Council
  • Mini-Kits
  • Annick Bureaud
  • Creative New Zealand
  • Brit Bunkley

The project development was kindly supported by Creative New Zealand.