Is this piece an alternative history of the human race? How did you choose the images, and what story do they collectively tell about us?
The Last Pictures is not a portrait of humanity or a history of mankind. It is more like a silent film for the depths of time. It tells an impressionistic story about a moment of uncertainty and danger.
Are there any Earthly time capsules or archives that you see as precedents to this project?
I think about this project as making cave paintings for the future. If anyone were to find The Last Pictures in the [far] future, it would be as enigmatic to any viewer as cave paintings are to contemporary humans. I spent an enormous amount of time looking at cave paintings, trying to put my mind in the frame of a Cro-Magnon artist making drawings that might be discovered in the far future.
From Claire L. Evans’ interview with artist Trevor Paglen, about his satellite time-capsule, The Last Pictures.

Is this piece an alternative history of the human race? How did you choose the images, and what story do they collectively tell about us?

The Last Pictures is not a portrait of humanity or a history of mankind. It is more like a silent film for the depths of time. It tells an impressionistic story about a moment of uncertainty and danger.

Are there any Earthly time capsules or archives that you see as precedents to this project?

I think about this project as making cave paintings for the future. If anyone were to find The Last Pictures in the [far] future, it would be as enigmatic to any viewer as cave paintings are to contemporary humans. I spent an enormous amount of time looking at cave paintings, trying to put my mind in the frame of a Cro-Magnon artist making drawings that might be discovered in the far future.

From Claire L. Evans’ interview with artist Trevor Paglen, about his satellite time-capsule, The Last Pictures.

The YACHT Trust is a loose organization of people committed to furthering and administering the tenets of the YACHT Mission. They are like the Knights Templar of YACHT; valiant in form and deed, but separate from the band itself.