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MARBLES—By Sofie Gustafsson Markinhuhta

Updated: Dec 6, 2020

These globes are collected from zoom lectures by scientists at the Bjerknes Centre annual meeting 2020, and from additional lectures I have been researching. I started screenshotting them on impulse, probably influenced by a conversation with Andreas Born, who works with the topic of ice sheet modelling and climate dynamics at the Department of Earth Science. I was talking about distance, in relation to feelings of responsibility, he mentioned the Pale Blue Dot photo and referred to Carl Sagan’s famous quote about how a vastly distant perspective on earth invites us to come together. I long for facts and truths, but still, i'm pulling these images out of their contexts, stealing them from the information they refer to. The colors and lines are still suggesting they have something to tell but now they are on their own. Out of 83 so far, these are my favorites.

I'm collecting them as if i was still a kid with a bag of marbles. I want more and more.

As a kid i probably spent more time just looking at, counting and organizing my marbles than actually playing with them. Feeling the weights and textures. 

That game was unjust too, losing one marble didn't mean the same to the kid who had fifty as to the kid who had five. 

I don't want the beautifully unifying image of our ONE and only planet to forget how some are losing the game without ever even playing.

Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken on February 14, 1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers (Wikipedia)

Quote by Car Sagan:



'Earhthrise' or 'Blue Marble' the first and more well known image that communicated 'One Earth' was taken by astronaut Frank Borman on the Apollo 8 mission in 1968: 'The press recognized immediately the power of the image, Earth, a brilliant oasis in a desert of darkness. The New York Times ran it on its front page above the fold. The Washington Post followed a day later. Life magazine ran a photo essay with a double-page spread of the image and lines from James Dickey, the former U.S. poet laureate'. “Behold/ The blue planet steeped in its dream/ Of reality.'

'Earthrise; or, the globalisation of the World Picture'

'The story, perhaps a legend, goes something like this: a handful of photographs of the earth in space, supplied by the Apollo missions during the nineteen-sixties and early seventies, clarified for humankind the wholeness and lonely fragility of our planet. In an instant, all wars became civil wars, all fights fights between family, and the necessity of caring for our shared environment a shattering revelation.'

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