The Landsat Reverie was a piece made for the zinesindarktimes project by artist and author Joanna Walsh.

In this piece, historical image data from the Multispectral Scanner (MSS) carried by the Landsat 1 satellite is parsed by a contemporary machine vision algorithm, which translates the observed patterns into concrete visual poems – drawing on a vocabulary derived from the official Landsat online glossary.

This piece was inspired by various decadal anniversaries in the development of the Landsat programme, the 50th ‘Earth Day’ celebrations, and reflections on how these intersect with the contemporary COVID19 crisis. It represents the latest in a series of efforts, beginning with the Waveform project, to reimagine what electronic sensory mappings of the world might begin to resemble, if deployed not in the spirit of utility, but as part of a bid to actualise new ways of seeing and thinking about the world.

In May 2020, two pieces from an outgrowth of this project, Orbital Reveries, were included in the Mellom Press online exhibition Trånslatiøns.