© Andrew Phelps & Paul Kranzler
The Quiet Zone
By Andrew Phelps and Paul Krantzler
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.