FNS: Throwing Things at the Sky to See if They Stick from Barry Whittaker

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Every Friday night we feature a short story, essay, personal narrative,
poem, spoken word, or short film for your enjoyment.

Helen Presents: an art video from Barry Whittaker


About “Throwing Things at the Sky “ from the artist:

The sky is important symbol across the globe. Among it’s many illustrations, the sky is frequently used to signify progress, adventure, hope, or dreams. As a child, I frequently questioned the logic behind filling the sky with buildings and advertising. This blocking out the sky seemed an alien idea to me. Who has the right to sell the sky? In the name of progress and profit, humans regularly fill the sky with structures, signals, smoke, and satellites. Throwing Things at the Sky is a video project about the ever-changing sky-scape and the imprint humans have made on it.


Barry Whittaker is a multi-media artist who explores mythology, language, and miscommunication through a variety of technology and collaboration-based projects. A native Texan, he received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Whittaker has taught in the U.S., France, and Japan and continues to exhibit artwork internationally. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo. Whittaker’s work can also be seen in our music issue.

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