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    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    HOW DO WE FUND A BEACON IN SPACE?

    The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution that focuses on the visual arts in all their dimensions, recognizing their capacity to inspire and strengthen humanistic values. The Getty serves both the general public and a wide range of professional communities in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through the work of the four Getty programs—the Museum, Research Institute, Conservation Institute, and Foundation—the Getty aims to further knowledge and nurture critical seeing through the growth and presentation of its collections and by advancing the understanding and preservation of the world's artistic heritage. The Getty pursues this mission with the conviction that cultural awareness, creativity, and aesthetic enjoyment are essential to a vital and civil society.


    This is the mission statement of the Getty Trust. Now, it being the largest art focused philanthropy (over 5 billion US$) makes the Getty Center an obvious outlet for such a heinously right-side-of-the-brain project (the beacon). But what are the implications on the world and for the Getty as a company? This post is to delve into the connotations of such a merger.


    endowment in billions


    THE PAST, PRESENT AND NOW FUTURE

    A concept that most certainly should be leveraged when thinking of the future in this way is to contextualize it in society. This metaphor works so well with the brand Getty as it physically exists on the two fronts necessary to contextualize the future, the past and present, the Getty Villa and the Getty Center respectively. In terms of a brand/identity for the Getty their next large physical manifestation should be something in space, like our beacon. It makes an easily traceable line from antiquity (the Getty Villa) to the present (uber modern Getty Center) to the future (beacon made of re-ionized radioactivity).


    Getty Amphitheater in the Getty Villa

    The functions of the two Getty's reflects this mentality of past and present. The Getty Villa houses a replica of a Roman Villa from Herculaneum, ancient southern Italy port town with content inside to boot. The Getty Center while housing past works, houses vast and various research facilities in all facets of the arts as well as scholarships, fellowships, and job opportunities to propagate art in the short term.


    Getty Center


    HONESTLY, WE ALL GO TO THE GETTY FOR THE ARCHITECTURE

    While in recent the Getty Center holding Courbet, Tim Hawkinson, and other superb artists, the content never had the same pizzaz and wow as LACMA, MOCA, MOMA (SF or NY). Why do people go there? The architecture. The villa is spectacle of ancient Roman architecture and the Getty Center is a marvel of contemporary architecture. Indeed our beacon is no different, as it aims to be as much spectacle as an Aurora Borealis.

    Further, our beacon aims not to contain a message, as the beacon is the message...identical in the practice of both the Getty Villa and the Getty Center by the public.


    The Getty in Space?


    NICE LEVERAGE, BUT WHERE DOES IT FALTER?

    While there are these really great alignments with the perception of the Getty the biggest issue has to do with the Getty's past. They're in deep sh*t with Greece and Italy for possibly illegally obtaining works of art and antique pieces from what is rightfully the nation's. Possessive quarrels don't look to well for a project that wants to project a collective voice/narrative. However, this new project could jettison these problems into oblivion, or at least to the point this negligence is overlooked because of such a magnificent feat in space! Or maybe not...good thing this is entirely theoretical...
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    I was given the task to look into other types of marker's/beacon's based on the notion that the lighthouse wasn't quite the best analogy for our project. Below are some other types of markers of which utilize different tactics of interaction and communication.


    THE AVIATION MARKER BEACON
    Similar to the Lighthouse in that it tells incoming planes that they are close to a tower. However, it differs in that it's a two way signal so that people on the tower learn about such interactions as much as the people on the plane.

    OBELISK
    From ancient Egyptian culture (similar to the Lighthouse of Alexandria). The purpose of an obelisk was to demarcate the entrance to a temple with various hyroglyphics telling stories and other narrations of the temple and the gods worshiped in that temple.

    PHEROMONE
    alarm pheromones, food trail pheromones, sex pheromones
    Jacobson's Organ



    AGGREGATION PHEROMONES
    Produced by one of the other sex, attracting both sexes
    ALARM PHEROMONES
    Reease volatile substance when attacked by a predator that can trigger fight or aggression in members of the same species (BEE SWARMING)
    EPIDEICTIC PHEROMONES
    In instects, these pheromones are different from territory pheromones. "Females who lay their eggs in these fruits deposit these mysterious substances in the vicinity to their clutch to signal to other females of the same species so that they will clutch elsewhere." Fabre
    RELEASER PHEROMONES
    Powerful attractant molecules that some organisms may use to attract mates from a distance of 2 miles or more.
    PRIMER PHEROMONES
    These pheromones trigger a change of developmental events.
    TERRITORIAL PHEROMONES
    Laid down in the enviornment, these pheromones mark the boundaries of an organisms territory. In dogs, these hormones are present in the urine which they deposit on landmarks serving to mark the perimeter of the claimed territory.
    TRAIL PHEROMONES
    Commin in social insects. Ants mark their paths with these which are non volatile hydrocarbons. Trail attracts other ants as the ant returns to the nest. Evaporates quickly, but renewed each time a new ant uses it
    SEX PHEROMONE
    In animals, indicate availability of the female for breeding. Male animals may also emit pheromones that convey information about their species.



    STIGMERGY
    decentralized method of communication seen through ants (similar to trail pheromones and utilizes pheromones as the means to communication)



    AURORA BOREALIS
    natural different colored light displays, which are usually observed in the night sky particularly in the polar zone. Formed by the earth's magnetism and dependent on Solar Wind and Magnetosphere



    METADATA
    DATA THAT DESCRIBES DATA. Internet that is not viewed by the user, but is utilized by engines and other technological resources to expose the content of the website before the viewer sees it.

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