When I enrolled in this class, and as I looked through the weeks and their corresponding topics, I was most excited for this week’s topic. Professor Vesna put it poignantly when she said that the intersection of Space and Art is truly the summation of all the past topics covered, as it is the advent of these previous advancements, that have allowed for the interplay between space and art.
The first artist that stood out to me that aims to explore this foreign intersection is Richard Clar, an inter-disciplinary artist that explores the many aspects of space, through art, such as orbital debris and the search for extraterrestrial life. One of my personal favorites works from is titled, “Collision 2”.
This work shows the dangers of space, and tracks the orbital debris around the earth, highlighting the traitorous nature of space exploration. This helped me gain a greater understanding of both art and science, as Clar uses this aesthetic work to convey a great amount of scientific information, which is one of the art’s greater purposes.
Interestingly, the team that comprises the Slovenian Culture Space Program aims to take art in regards to space a step further, and conducts cultural programs physically in space. They beg the question, “what is it like to be a human in space” and they carry out the artistic and humanistic methodology and practice in space.
The above piece is the first theater performance in zero gravity. Groups like this are truly pushing the boundaries of human exploration and truly advancing both art and science forward.
After watching the lectures, I was inspired to conduct my own research to further explore this topic. I was excited when I stumbled upon this video on youtube:
The above is a national graphic short documentary that follows a few artists and physicists as they send physical art into space. This, quite literal, “out-of-world” installation is aimed to inspire scientists and artists alike, to push their own boundaries and conduct their work in unfamiliar environments, in order to fully maximize their personal growth and academic contribution.
Overall, with the advent of technology and increased space exploration, overall creative has seen an exponential increase. As space represents the unknown and unlimited possibility, it also allows for unlimited creative expression. The work that was stated previously is truly pushing not just the scientific and artistic community forward, but more so, the entire world.
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