Space Art Ars Astronautica

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Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon said 15 years ago

Whilst thinking about the possibility of making artwork that exists in space, but can be seen from earth, I came across this excellent website about space art;

The site looks like it hasn’t been updated for a few years, but contains a hugely detailed history of art works that use space. I think my favourite piece was

1984: Joseph McShane’s Get Away Special (GAS) (G-308) which contained a system of spheres used as a materials coating experiment, originally conceived of and viewed as artworks upon return to Earth. McShane stated: “The sculpture “S.P.A.C.E.” is not the glass, but the outer space contained within. The sphere serves only to keep the one-g atmosphere from intruding on the space within, creating an anomaly of our common experience; a sculpture to observe and stimulate wonder about the nature and meaning of space, a sculpture to touch and know that only an 1/8″ of glass separates one from space.” (NASA, 1994)”.

- bringing a piece of space (as in truly empty space, not the stuff found in it) back to earth, what an awesome concept!

An orbital sculpture that didn’t happen;

Re: Orbital Sculptures

I guess these would come under the influence of sky art in general, which would also include sky-writing, fireworks, kite design, cloud-light-shows, large scale balloon and bird releases. And it would also follow the more recent lineage of earth-art works that are intended for enjoyment by those positioned in the sky, like environmental sculptures (crop circles included), massive landscaping branding projects, and the plethora of both natural and artificial large-scale projects intended for view from Google earth, etc.

failed_artist said 15 years ago

Marcus Westbury and his mates want to replicate some of space on earth; in particular a to-scale model of the solar system across the nullabor

Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon said 15 years ago

Melbourne artist Willoh S. Weiland is producing a fantastic live audio event which will then be recorded and broadcast light years into outer space by Deep Space Communications Network in Florida, USA.

Yelling at stars is performed at Sidney Myer Music bowl, Saturday May 31st.

People can participate by logging on to the website to contribute suggestions for what we should yell in to space.

Amelia said 14 years ago

hey, snap – I’m giving a paper on space art and science fiction at the International Association of Philosophy and Literature Conference in Melbourne in July …

also check out

Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon said 14 years ago

I like this Oliver Vandenberg thing

Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon said 14 years ago

ha ha, maurizio cattelan.. i love the ex-catholics

Amelia said 14 years ago

sorry for being a tech loser but how do i insert links and pics R?

Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon said 14 years ago

No need to apologise, have a practice in this thread

Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon said 14 years ago

Photographer images satellites that do not exist

Trevor Paglen is an astrophotographer with a difference… he takes photos of satellites that are not there. Officially “not there”, anyway. He spends many nights surveying the skies, waiting for classified spy satellites to pass overhead. When one appears, after researching what is actually out there (which is a hard task, these things are not meant to be discovered!) he captures it with his hi-tech astronomical spy satellite-catching equipment. His work makes for captivating (if unnerving) reading. Apart from capturing 189 “ghost” satellites in orbit, he’s turned his stargazing lenses to Earth and taken a peek into the top secret world of “black ops”…

Amelia said 14 years ago
Space Music.

Music made in space, about space, for space