Myth Modern

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How well do we understand the technology at the center of our lives? Has our technology advanced to a complexity so far beyond common understanding that it has begun to assume a mythic nature? Myth Modern plays in this liminal zone of the commonplace and mysterious, the technological and mythological. Using the telemetry data from CelesTrak of actual artificial satellites and space stations, the project displays the orbits of 40+ objects flying invisibly over us. Grouping these artificial satellites into nine mystical entities imbued with the power to influence our lives, Myth Modern calculates their ever-changing proximity relative to it’s location. In the manner of an astrology reading, the project uses the satellites’ proximity plus a few details about the participant to generate a near-future fortune telling for the participant. The fortune is both a fantastical statement of the entity’s influence and a poetic interpretation of the artificial satellites intended purpose.