"Flight Paths": Imagistic Hypertexts of Space/Flight/Silicon

In this interactive kiosk (developed in Macromedia Director) interlinked narratives on seven topics are accessed from its very simple onscreen interface.

The work's interwoven sections of content include:

1) Airborn, a personal history of flight and aircraft.

2) Moonshot, some rocketry history plus personal experiences such as shaking hands as a boy with Gemini astronauts McDivitt and White.

3) Air Frisco, a narrative that includes early San Francisco aviators such as Lincoln Beachey and Art Smith, who both performed daring stunts at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition...where Beachey fell to his death as thousands watched.

4) Schematoids, a gallery of artwork using semiconductor circuitry motifs.

5) Half the Sky which begins with a cartoon with astronomical themes "Birth of the Universe" drawn by the artist for his college humor magazine in the 1970s, then goes on to contemplate some women's contributions to flight, space and media.





6) Art and Science, exploring the relationships between these two fields, these two realms of thought and endeavor.

7) and Come to Comet, a poem in appreciation of the Hale-Bopp comet.

The display's mural-like painted facade (Politec mural acrylics on plywood) depicts an Estes model rocket, the U.S.-Canadian military AVRO flying saucer prototype aircraft of the 1950s (shown here piloted by "heliocentric" jazzman Sun Ra), a subchasing P3 Orion airplane, the blimp Macon at its Moffett Field hangar, self-proclaimed UFO contactees of the 1960s like "the Mystic Barber" and other unearthbound motifs.


"Flight Paths" was exhibited November 1997 through March 1998 at NASA Ames Research Center Visitors' Center at Moffett Field as a part of the exhbit "Artists' Uninhibited View of Space Science" along with the artists Colette Gaiter, Leah Lubin and Myrrh.

Prior to the development of "Flight Paths'" illustrated interactive software, the facade was exhibited with looped video segments playing in its cut-out windows at Artists' Television Access in San Francisco during the month of May 1997.

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