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Satellite Contact

by Uriel Orlow & Ruth Maclennan

Satellite Contact is a two-screen video portrait of the British National Archives. Satellite Contact never touches the ground: it takes the viewer on an hour-long roller-coaster ride through the guts of one of the most extensive national archives in the world. In a digital age, the two mechanical, synchronous cameras reveal an inhuman rhythm of perception, a neo-Fordist production line of knowledge and a network of material, functional, ontological and poetic connections between the archive and the fabric of the building which houses it.