Pi in the Sky writing above Earth

Pi in the Sky writing above Earth

The 2012 ZERO1 Biennial will showcase 150 artists from over 13 countries that include exhibitions, events, performances, public art and yes, even skywriting above San Francisco (maybe higher). This Biennial ISHKY will be creating Pi in the Sky, where a team of five synchronized aircraft equipped with dot-matrix technology will skywrite the first 1,000 numbers of Pi's infinite sequence. All ZERO1 Biennial artists are hard at work on their projects and sending updates daily. As such, we wanted to share some exciting developments on Pi in the Sky:

ISHKY Studios has an exciting development to share. As an extension of ISHKY’s ephemeral skywriting installation Pi in the Sky, we are pleased to announce our partnership with a satellite start-up company that will establish Pi In The Sky in space, and further blur the boundaries of art, scale and site specificity.

The satellite interpretation of Pi In The Sky will feature a constant string of Pi's infinite numeric sequence emitted from a satellite that will circle the Earth every 90 minutes, covering more than a half-a-million kilometers per day. Our partners operating the satellite firmly believe that space should be accessible to the public, and support the use of space as an extended canvas for inspiring and creative endeavors. While they are currently flying under the radar here on Earth and wish no direct recognition, they are excited to include Pi In The Sky as part of their first satellite launch slated for later this year. ISHKY Studios is developing a free app that will enable anyone anywhere in the world with a smartphone and a cell signal to track Pi's perpetual progress and history as it wraps Earth like a ball of string, covering hundreds of millions of miles.

"Pi is the circumference of any circle divided by its diameter," Pi In The Sky artist ISHKY explains. "It's considered one of the most common constants in all of mathematics. Yet Pi's exact value is unknowable, because no matter how many digits you calculate it to, the number never ends. The notion of this constant we call ‘pi’ holding an ephemeral position in our sky, and writ so large that it wraps the circumference of our planet, intrigues me. Can something that is unknowable be real? Does math represent truth? When we define a numeric concept that is infinite and random as 'constant,' what does that say about our understanding of our own existence and firmly held beliefs?"

"Even though I'm the artist, I'm also confused about Pi In The Sky in space," ISHKY continues.  "Is it a site specific installation? Yes, in the sense that there is no other place it could possibly exist. Yet, with the smartphone app, it can be viewed from anywhere on the planet, even below your feet, defying the notion of site specificity. The scale and positioning force a reevaluation of the artistic language and concepts we rely on for interpretation and shared understanding." 

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