The Spaces That Connect Us is a photographic and text-based case study of life in Green Bank and its neighbouring towns, carried out between 2018 and 2019. It explores the diverse polarities between connection and disconnection, aloneness and togetherness.
In March 2018, photo-journalist Joanna Demarco and writer Ann Dingli travelled to Green Bank, West Virginia – a tiny region in America home to the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope. Its c.200 inhabitants have been documented as being prohibited from operating devices which function using radio transmissions and thus interfere with the radio telescope’s space exploratory work. Historically, radio wave ‘wardens’ have patrolled the town, seeking out mobile phones, wireless headphones, Bluetooth devices, microwave ovens, remote controls, or anything that used signals capable of interrupting the work of the Green Bank telescope. But in recent years, residents of Green Bank have succumbed to the increasingly universal pull of a life online and things have somewhat changed.
By observing the lives and experiences of individuals and groups who live in a space without constant Internet connection, the creators of the exhibition hope to create a platform that engenders conversation and reflection on humanity’s ubiquitous use of communication technologies. It also begins to question what price we pay for constant connection, and what is at stake for communities such as that of Pocahontas County when it becomes their reality too.
You are welcome to attend the opening of The Spaces That Connect Us by Joanna Demarco & Ann Dingli on Friday, 26th July at 19.30pm.
The Spaces That Connect Us exhibition is supported by the U.S. Embassy and iLab Photo. The research project was supported by Arts Council Malta - Research Support Grant.