Culture and Cosmos is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the history of astrology and cultural astronomy published by the Sophia Centre Press in partnership with the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, Faculty of Humanitiies and the Performing Arts, at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

We are currently seeking submissions for future volumes of Culture and Cosmos.

Volume 16

Surveillance, Surveillance, Surveillance

Vanessa Stanley


This presentation is a compilation of my three video installations, Your Universe – Inner Dome, Star Dome and Clear Clear Clear Target Star (2009). The collection of video-work shows the hidden and usually unseen aspects of astronomical exploration collected while at the Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales, Australia. Each video is filmed directly from the monitor screens in the operations room that imaged the inner dome, the sky/star dome and the targeted star while the universe was being surveyed. The videos engender multi-levels of surveillance to become a comment on our need for such surveillance, to take control over what we do not understand, what is intangible and that which is unreachable.

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