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A Letter to SumbandilaSat

A Letter to SumbandilaSat

2022

drawing ink, archival cotton paper, plastic sleeve

Moon Gallery, Nanoracks, Voyager Space

After about 10 years of collaborating with and attempting to engage the defunct lonely orbiting ambassador, Sumbandila Satellite, Marcus Neustetter would like to send her a letter via the Moon Gallery. As the name Sumbandila means “lead the way” in Venda language, the letter asks her to Lead the way again. Maybe not in the way she was intended to operate when launched in 2009, but in continuing to stimulate the imaginary, question the unknown and speculate new perspectives into space and onto earth. The letters are a zig-zag folded paper with a drawing in ink on one side. It represents a cross-section of an imaginary terrain. The other side has a hand written morse-code-message. When folded up it measures 1 cubic cm and when expanded it is 1cm x 31.5cm. It is on archival cotton paper wrapped in a plastic sleeve.


SumbandilaSat is a South African micro Earth observation satellite. In June 2011 the satellite was damaged during a solar storm. The damage caused the on-board computer and the camera to stop functioning. This has caused it to stop fulfilling its primary objective and has been written off as a loss by SunSpace, its builder.


Being able to track the satellite but not communicate with it or receive its images, Marcus Neustetter has been speculating, searching and imagining. Drawings, video artworks, performative dialogues, responsive robots, planetarium shows, installations and sound artworks for the past 8 years have created attempts to both reach out and to visualise what Sumbandila’s perspective and encounters might be.

Technical information:

Artwork name:

A Letter to SumbandilaSat

Date:

Creator:

2022

Marcus Neustetter

Country:

South Africa

This work is part of the following collection:

Moon Gallery

drawing ink, archival cotton paper, plastic sleeve

Medium:

Dimensions:

1 x 1 x 1 cm

Sculpture

Genre:

IAAA Art Style:

Launch vehicle / mission:

Antares 230+ / NG-17 Cygnus resupply mission

Host spacecraft / hardware:

International Space Station

COSPAR id

2022-015B

Launch location:

NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia

Launch date:

19 Feb 2022

Orbit / space location:

LEO, International Space Station (ISS)

Return vehicle:

SpaceX Dragon 2

End date:

11 January 2023

Status:

Returned

Client / Agency:

Moon Gallery, Nanoracks, Voyager Space

Artist:

Marcus Neustetter

artist and cultural activist

South Africa

Marcus Neustetter

Collection:

Moon Gallery

2022

Moon Gallery

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