Shortwave radio and Space Race technology cultivate both individual and larger collective experiences that connect us through distance and encourage us to explore the unknown. Distant Transmissions dissects shortwave radio and space travel as landmarks of exploration and includes photographs, shortwave spy codes, and a handmade spacesuit.
Photographs are portals to our subjective and objective memories, histories that are both true and fabricated. Distant Transmissions is presented under the guise of the “American Interterrestrial Society", a fictitious organization that comments on our role in history and how our history is informed and changed by technology. AIS believes that technology has greatly influenced our role as archetypal explorers in history and investigates what role technology plays in contemporary life. As our political and social environments become more complex, the American Interterrestrial Society is part of a planet-wide ecosystem of creative engagement that challenges the current trend in alternative history and alternative facts.
Christine Zuercher is a photographer born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She received a BFA from the University of Dayton in 2011 and an MFA from East Carolina University in 2016. Her research is on shortwave radio, the Space Race, and transmission technologies with a focus in interdisciplinary and alternative photographic processes. She is a Dayton Art Institute Yeck Fellow and an Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award Recipient. She has a national exhibition record that includes the Texas Women's University, Greenhill Center for Art in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. Her work can be seen in publications such as The Hand Magazine, Ticka Arts, and Light Leaked. She enjoys photographing interplanetary adventures with collaborators and friends while in her spacesuit. You can see more of her work here.