Peekskill, NY  site-specific performance, Peekskill meteorite fragment, meteorite certificate of authenticity, archival inkjet print Dimensions variable 2015   Project Description   On the evening of October 9th, 1992 at 7:50 pm EDT a meteorite crashed into a parked 1980 red Chevy Malibu in Peekskill, NY. The car was owned by 18-year old Michelle Knapp, who had just recently purchased the car for $300. After the being struck by the meteorite she sold the car to collectors for $10,000 and the meteorite itself for $69,000.    The Peekskill meteorite is estimated to be around 4.4 billion years old, which makes it older than the Earth, and further places its origins around the beginning of our universe. After a 23-year journey here on Earth in the capitalist marketplace, circling the globe through online auctions, in auction houses, and on illicit black markets, the Peekskill meteorite was returned to space on October 9th, 2015.    During a site-specific performance in Peekskill, NY, a fragment of the Peekskill meteorite I purchased on eBay was launched back into space on October 9th, 2015 onboard a weather balloon. Also onboard were two digital cameras programmed to take a picture every fifteen seconds that would document the meteorites entire journey back out into space. Reaching the edge space the weather balloon burst and, again the meteorite crashed back to Earth.    Attempting to free it from the gravitational and market forces here on Earth, the Peekskill meteorite now begins the next chapter in its 4.4 billion-year old journey as an artwork.    This project was commissioned by Xavier Acarin and Roxana Fabius for The Peekskill Project 6, and sponsored by The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.

Peekskill, NY
site-specific performance, Peekskill meteorite fragment, meteorite certificate of authenticity, archival inkjet print
Dimensions variable
2015

Project Description

On the evening of October 9th, 1992 at 7:50 pm EDT a meteorite crashed into a parked 1980 red Chevy Malibu in Peekskill, NY. The car was owned by 18-year old Michelle Knapp, who had just recently purchased the car for $300. After the being struck by the meteorite she sold the car to collectors for $10,000 and the meteorite itself for $69,000.

The Peekskill meteorite is estimated to be around 4.4 billion years old, which makes it older than the Earth, and further places its origins around the beginning of our universe. After a 23-year journey here on Earth in the capitalist marketplace, circling the globe through online auctions, in auction houses, and on illicit black markets, the Peekskill meteorite was returned to space on October 9th, 2015.

During a site-specific performance in Peekskill, NY, a fragment of the Peekskill meteorite I purchased on eBay was launched back into space on October 9th, 2015 onboard a weather balloon. Also onboard were two digital cameras programmed to take a picture every fifteen seconds that would document the meteorites entire journey back out into space. Reaching the edge space the weather balloon burst and, again the meteorite crashed back to Earth.

Attempting to free it from the gravitational and market forces here on Earth, the Peekskill meteorite now begins the next chapter in its 4.4 billion-year old journey as an artwork.

This project was commissioned by Xavier Acarin and Roxana Fabius for The Peekskill Project 6, and sponsored by The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.

  Peekskill meteorite fragment and certificate of authenticity.

Peekskill meteorite fragment and certificate of authenticity.

  Detail of Peekskill meteorite fragment.

Detail of Peekskill meteorite fragment.

  Launch site, Peekskill, NY.

Launch site, Peekskill, NY.

  Launch site, Peekskill, NY.

Launch site, Peekskill, NY.

  Performance returning the Peekskill meteorite back into space.

Performance returning the Peekskill meteorite back into space.

  Meteorite fragment returning to space via weather balloon.

Meteorite fragment returning to space via weather balloon.