Cassini Falls

Pedro Torres

Cassini Falls tells the story of the Cassini-Huygens international mission (1997-2017), about its launch, discoveries, history, and the final outcomes, using NASA's own words. The story is intertwined by other voices, including Merleau-Ponty, T. S. Eliot, David Toomey, Jane Bennett, José Luis Brea, G. Deleuze, L. Mitchel, Tomás Saraceno, Georges Didi-Huberman and the artist himself.

This dialogue generates a flow of historical, scientific, philosophical, and poetic textual information. Different fragments of texts are combined and linked in multiple readings, remarking a history that involves technological and scientific development and reflections on issues such as image, time, and the scope and progress of humanity.

Many of Cassini's discoveries are attributed especially to the longevity of the mission, initially conceived for a four-year period (2004 to 2008) and then extended twice. It finally ended in September 2017, when it disintegrated completely upon entering Saturn's atmosphere. Thru its long time in the outer space Cassini transmitted hundreds of gigabytes of information to Earth and spectacular images of Saturn, its rings, and moons, especially Titan and Enceladus. In the video, we can see how some of the static pictures become moving images, creating a constant flow between them. Cassini not only sent images that humans would never be able to see, but it also represented a time-image of our time as humans.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Cassini Falls
  • Direction: Pedro Torres
  • Production: 2020.
  • Duration: 00:15:50
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Original format: Quicktime
  • Formats: HD 1920x1080
  • TV systems: PAL