In this intriguing presentation, Dr. Ferrari-Nunes takes us on a journey into the realm of imagery trickery and manipulation, offering insights into various fields. The presentation commences with a lighthearted note as Dr. Ferrari-Nunes recounts the amusing moments when the Moon CGI from the Indian Space Agency refreshed multiple times and even changed colors during the live event. This initial anecdote sets the stage for a broader exploration of the overarching theme: the modern colonial cosmology and its intricate web of imagery that often blurs the line between reality and fabrication.
Dr. Ferrari-Nunes delves into the realm of scientific research, citing a prominent case involving a Stanford neurobiologist who got caught defrauding data. This case becomes a stepping stone for discussing the broader context of image manipulation, encompassing diverse scenarios including space exploration. Notably, the discussion segues into the creation of iconic images like the Blue Marble, revealing that these images were carefully crafted to align with popular expectations rather than accurately representing Earth’s appearance from space.
The presentation turns its critical lens towards imagery presented in the realm of space missions, such as lunar landings and purported rover expeditions. Dr. Ferrari-Nunes raises pertinent questions about the authenticity of these images, drawing parallels to video game terrain and highlighting the conspicuous absence of stars in the sky. The manipulation of imagery in scientific research and space exploration contributes to a larger narrative surrounding the colonial cosmology’s reliance on meticulously crafted visuals that nevertheless always fail to convince.
Throughout the presentation, Dr. Ferrari-Nunes encourages the audience to reflect upon the role of imagery in shaping perceptions of reality. By inviting contemplation on the authenticity of images, the presentation prompts a deeper understanding of how visual representations influence our collective comprehension of the world, from our planet’s surface to the vast expanse of outer space.