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Tales From The Event Horizon

TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (I) On the Shores of an Alien Ocean ~ Far from home we gaze out across the alien sea before leaving on our journey.
Tales From the Event Horizon (i)
On the Shores of an Alien Ocean
~ Far from home we gaze out across the alien sea before leaving on our journey.

TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (II) Chaos and Strange Attractors ~ That night I dream of the powerful quantum forces that will propel our ship's flight.

Tales From the Event Horizon (ii)
Chaos and Strange Attractors
~ That night I dream of the powerful quantum forces that will propel our ship’s flight.

TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (iii) The Moon of Mountains Alien ~ The beginning of our trip, we take off from the white mountains, made entirely of frozen ammonia. We look back one last time at the strange enormous globular formation that lies near our base camp...

Tales From the Event Horizon (iii)
The Moon of Mountains Alien
~ The beginning of our trip, we take off from the white mountains, made entirely of frozen ammonia. We look back one last time at the strange enormous globular formation that lies near our base camp…

TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (iv) Schwarzschild's Children & Einstein Rings ~ The ships engines engage...reality twists around us. Our instruments can't properly resolve the full spectrum of what surrounds us - so close to the boundary between so-called "real" and quantum space.

TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (iv)
Schwarzschild’s Children & Einstein Rings
~ The ships engines engage…reality twists around us. Our instruments can’t properly resolve the full spectrum of what surrounds us – so close to the boundary between so-called “real” and quantum space.

TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (V)  Whatever Happened to Major Tom? ~ At the outer reaches of the black hole we pass the derelict ship of the first event horizon explorer, the brave test-pilot Major Tom. Not having the time or the desire to investigate what may be found in his broken ship, we can only imagine and give a nod to our brave predecessor, whilst hoping like hell our fate will be more fortunate than his.
TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (v)
Whatever Happened to Major Tom?
~ At the outer reaches of the black hole we pass the derelict ship of the first event horizon explorer, the brave test-pilot Major Tom. Not having the time or the desire to investigate what may be found in his broken ship, we can only imagine and give a nod to our brave predecessor, whilst hoping like hell our fate will be more fortunate than his.

TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (VI)  Into the Vortex! ~ It begins! Having skimmed over the surface of the event horizon we slip lower into the whirlpool of energy that will take us through the horizon and towards the singularity...
TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (vi)
Into the Vortex!
~ It begins! Having skimmed over the surface of the event horizon we slip lower into the whirlpool of energy that will take us through the horizon and towards the singularity…
Tales From the Event Horizon (vii) ~ Singularity In View ~ It's like nothing we have ever seen before...remnants of stray plasma swirl around and into the grasp of the singularity as we move closer...
TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (vii)
Singularity In View
~ It’s like nothing we have ever seen before…remnants of stray plasma swirl around and into the grasp of the singularity as we move closer…
Tales From the Event Horizon (vii) ~ The Eye of the Singularity ~ The whole fabric of space-time is rippling. Our special engines protect us from being torn apart and spaghettified – but we can still feel the immense power as we head towards our final goal, with the view to pass through!
TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (viii)
The Eye of the Singularity
~ The whole fabric of space-time is rippling. Our special engines protect us from being torn apart and spaghettified – but we can still feel the immense power as we head towards our final goal, with the view to pass through!
Tales From the Event  Horizon (ix)~ Surface of A New Sun ~ We can't quite believe we have survived the trip through the singularity! Looking downwards and behind us, we see the seething magnetic plasma of what seems to be a star we have been somehow expelled from, like a pip from an overripe fruit. The heat is immense, but our passage away from it is swift...
TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (ix)
Surface of A New Sun
~ We can't quite believe we have survived the trip through the singularity! Looking downwards and behind us, we see the seething magnetic plasma of what seems to be a star we have been somehow expelled from, like a pip from an overripe fruit. The heat is immense, but our passage away from it is swift…

TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (x)  Sailing Towards The New ~ Once past the turbulent passage through the eye of the singularity and over the heat of a new sun, we gaze forward to an alternate universe waiting to be experienced...and now our amazing journey truly begins!
TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (x)
Sailing Towards The New
~ Once past the turbulent passage through the eye of the singularity and over the heat of a new sun, we gaze forward to an alternate universe waiting to be experienced…and now our amazing journey truly begins!

Tales From the Event Horizon (xi)  Locality Fails Me ~ Ever since my passage through the singularity, I find myself flitting inbetween this universe and the one next door, like some cosmic yo-yo on the end of a piece of superstring. Here the ship's camera has caught me in transition phase, between two "altiverses"
TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (xi)
Locality Fails Me
~ Ever since my passage through the singularity, I find myself flitting inbetween this universe and the one next door, like some cosmic yo-yo on the end of a piece of superstring. Here the ship’s camera has caught me in transition phase, between two “altiverses”

Tales From the Event Horizon (xii) ~ Superstrings & Pretty Things ~ I still dream of the superstring swirls that surrounded our ship during the passage through the singularity, even though my brain had no frame of reference to make sense of what I was seeing!
TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (xii)
Superstrings & Pretty Things
~ I still dream of the superstring swirls that surrounded our ship during the passage through the singularity, even though my brain had no frame of reference to make sense of what I was seeing!

Tales From the Event Horizon (xiii) ~ Drexler Engines ~ we have been travelling in this strange universe for so long now...or perhaps only for a nanosecond. It's hard to know. I go to the drive bay and check on our engines. They throb away subliminally, reassuring me that we are still making progress.
TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (xiii)
Drexler Engines
~ we have been travelling in this strange universe for so long now…or perhaps only for a nanosecond. It’s hard to know. I go to the drive bay and check on our engines. They throb away subliminally, reassuring me that we are still making progress.
Tales From the Event Horizon (xiii) Blank Frank in Space ~ (taken from Experimental Quantum Spaceflight Archives #23.45 section 12A)<br />
Here is a picture of Blank Frank in his exploration days...an astronaut on the famed yet tragically misguided Event Horizon Mission. To compound synchronicities the Jockey was also on this mission....which leads to the question: Are they still on it?
TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (xiv)
Blank Frank in Space
~ (taken from Experimental Quantum Spaceflight Archives #23.45 section 12A)
Here is a picture of Blank Frank in his exploration days…an astronaut on the famed yet tragically misguided Event Horizon Mission. To compound synchronicities the Jockey was also on this mission….which leads to the question: “Are they still on it?”
Tales From the Event Horizon (xiv) Meltdown ~ The Drexler Engines have undergone an unexpected strain, resulting in exponential runaway core reactions that have caused a meltdown. We drift directionless on the other side of the event horizon whilst our engineers try and formulate a work-around...
TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (xv)
Meltdown
~ The Drexler Engines have undergone an unexpected strain, resulting in exponential runaway core reactions that have caused a meltdown. We drift directionless on the other side of the event horizon whilst our engineers try and formulate a work-around…
Tales From the Event Horizon (xv) ~ Emulsion Rain ~ The exponential runaway core reactions have caused a meltdown in our space-time continuum. We, here on the other side of the event horizon finally begin to see a glimpse of the true nature of this particular realities structure...
TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (xvi)
Emulsion Rain
~ The exponential runaway core reactions have caused a meltdown in our space-time continuum. We, here on the other side of the event horizon finally begin to see a glimpse of the true nature of this particular realities structure…
Tales From the Event Horizon (xvi) ~ Windows to parallax universes ~ The ship faced in 23 directions at once, inexplicably. No matter what direction it faced at any given nano-second, there where always two views in the bridge's view screens. One showed a bright light with vaguely moving half-seen figures of ephemeral form, the other; gentle moving gtadients of blue-yellow. Which way should we go?
TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (xvii)
Windows to parallax universes
~ The ship faced in 23 directions at once, inexplicably. No matter what direction it faced at any given nano-second, there where always two views in the bridge’s view screens. One showed a bright light with vaguely moving half-seen figures of ephemeral form, the other; gentle moving gtadients of blue-yellow. Which way should we go?
Tales From the Event Horizon (xvii) ~ Transient Appearance of the Oracle ~ We chose to travel towards the lighter window of probability, with the moving half-seen images, one of which coalesced into a figure spanning the size of a small globular cluster. It opened it's mouth to speak...
TALES FROM THE EVENT HORIZON (xviii)
Transient Appearance of the Oracle
~ We chose to travel towards the lighter window of probability, with the moving half-seen images, one of which coalesced into a figure spanning the size of a small globular cluster. It opened it’s mouth to speak…
*Note: This series of images came from some expired packs of SX-70 film that I found – some of the film was sort of OK, some so old the batteries in the film cassette were flat. In a dark room, I broke open some of the old cassettes and manually re-inserted the film into ‘fresh’, used SX-70 cassette (in which the batteries were thankfully still OK). The camera tended to spit out 2 at a time with a distinctly abstract flavour when I took a shot, but the results were manipulable!) I put together a whole series of these expired, manipulated Polaroids to make up a story, which developed into “Tales of The Event Horizon” and uploaded them to Polanoid.net over the course of a few months back in 2005. I was reminded of them whilst reading a thread on the monome.org community forum, so put them together for my amusement.