The Quiet Zone

By  |  May 31, 2018
© Andrew Phelps & Paul Kranzler © Andrew Phelps & Paul Kranzler

Artist: Andrew Phelps & Paul Kranzler

Project: The Drake Equation

Description: Andrew Phelps and Paul Kranzler’s The Drake Equation explores a unique space in West Virginia—one that overlaps with the “National Radio Quiet Zone,” a 13,000-square-mile area where radio transmissions are heavily limited to allow for the investigation of extraterrestrial life by enormous telescopes and monitoring devices. In this place, Phelps and Kranzler discover that “a bizarre mixture of people live together: the rural population of a provincial town, the highly specialized scientists of the research facility and city dwellers fleeing electromagnetic fields, electro-sensitive civilization refugees.” Phelps and Kranzler highlight such a mixture—displaying the formidable and often eerie presence of the technology as well as the Southern normalcy of the town’s inhabitants.


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Andrew Phelps, born in Mesa, Arizona, lives and works in Salzburg. Works by Andrew Phelps are found in major collections, both public and private, and have been exhibited internationally. Besides his work as a freelance photographer, Phelps works as a curator at the prestigious Fotohof in Salzburg.

Paul Kranzler, born in Austria, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. His work is exhibited and published internationally and is found in important public collections such as the Albertina and the Photographic Collection at the Rupertinum in Vienna.