6 Artists on Outer Space

6 Artists on Outer Space



jokes and gonna forget what we're doing there but once we're suited up when we're in the suits then it's kind of a calm anticipation and you're just waiting for that signal the three reasons why people go to the moon are four and or or follow religion for that same reason our spirituality sensuality and stuff so spirituality is all the religious stuff that you know spirituality in you know you know God and in science it's the same you know where did we come from where we going sensuality is like is climbing the highest mountain the thrill the adventure and jumping off of a bungee jumping or flying a jet or in the tea ceremony to choose religion it's it's the taste of the tea it's the smell of the tatami zits it's all the heightened senses it's it's it's paring down your experience who can just feel and taste things and then the third reason people are into it is stuff rocket ships that go boom or or you know the kimono or the tea bowl or the tea house or a poet a poem and but but and of course that's the area that I occupy is making stuff and it's of course the most blue-collar but it doesn't mean anything without a reason you don't build a rocket to go without wanting to understand if God exists so within the overall body of work there's photographs of active reconnaissance satellites that are looking down at earth but there's also photographs of dead satellites in space junk and things that have been discarded and are flying through space almost like ghost ships and one of the images is looking at the disk of the moon and next to the dist of the moon is one of these dead spacecraft and and I guess for me you know satellites are in no way moons and in fact before the word satellite became popular they were described as artificial moons if you look at the early press releases around things like Sputnik or early satellites they would say oh we're put in making artificial moons I think that's interesting to you I mean my relation to science new verses like I think we all have the same relation in the way I mean it's like you know it's just kind of on I mean it's just this question I mean it's like I mean it's like this very basic human thing to think like why why is it what it is I mean why and just you know to think about that for a second that we were like that we are right now sitting on a spinning sphere of somewhere in the universe which is rotating was 3,600 you know he Dimitra see our it's so absurd so all the rest is kind of funny I mean it's like funny to think about like daily problems when you think about you know you were living on a rotating rock somewhere so I think it's very much my I mean actually my questions are the same questions which like science or philosophy is trying to answer or like I mean I think there's no answer at all but there's like questions we are all asking this question since the first man was looking on a loan at a star and it's like why so how are we what we are and so that's sad to say for me I'm just like you know wondering why it is what it is and I try to look how others are trying to figure out so I was like yeah how was physics trying to figure out what I was what is philosophy is saying what is like religion opera inc so that's what I look at so I think I'm there's no anthem for sure and because I mean that's a problem I'd say we have really poor animals in a way because we are like able to ask but we are too stupid to get the answer so and I think we are like we are like yeah we are forced to stick to this problem and I don't think we will ever ever get an answer because our brains are just to say like pick enough to ask but not big enough to answer unfortunately procedure but it's fine it's there's a certain freedom to accept that I think I was spent some time at NASA with being the artist in residence there the first one the first artists nervousness also the last artist in residence but in between the time I got to poke around and look at different places at NASA but I have to say you have to go way way farther back than that just as a child I knew that I was from the sky I knew that when I was just remember as a kid I was just I loved the sky and the sky was always something that comforted me as a kid when I felt lost I would look up my god Wow I'm from there I was like a primitive person you know thinking I'm from up so same with the night sky so I always loved it the way other people maybe loved trees or the water I loved the sky so she was a huge nono so nice oh she realized oh no in Kikuchi this yoga semantically today the sensational new founder on top they thought I think you Janine No so not ski no Giga Monica did extensive our achievements the tech makalah machine Yosemite oh cool Tim aschoff Arakawa happy ocean idea to discover a personal home – or something or a mega-size name the merit skills casino skin assertion not Romanticism machine attachment a concept charlatan all right – you can say garnered a sushi or taro it pretty much limited she went on a committee Thomas indebtedness Guillermo solo the star he taught initiative meet Milt oh so secure nice so it is yoga room towards urgent or immediate choosing kilometer you know rule sceeto yoohoo Namir I remember after leaving the theater one night after seeing gravity I was walking down the street and I suddenly felt completely deconditioned from New York City the environment around me suddenly the sidewalk felt alien traffic felt alien my own body felt alien and I was struck by the fact that it was just light frequency and sound frequency that had suddenly created this detachment and then a few weeks later I was cleaning my apartment and on the radio came this interview with this astronaut David wolf who I eventually interviewed and again I felt the same thing like suddenly deconditioned from holding the broom and being in this one space like where am i all of a sudden and I was struck that again this was just through sound so I chased David in a kind of stalkerish way until I got a hold of him and was fortunate enough to interview him about this experience of a space walk moving in to full darkness and not seeing the earth at all when I first came back to Earth after 128 days of space I thought I had ruined my life just walking I took a few steps off the spacecraft and then decided to go ahead and use the lay down on the stretcher and be carried away because gravity felt so heavy my wristwatch felt like a bowling ball on my arm although I don't make rockets and satellites the way people at NASA's laboratories I can Pasadena Jake JPL do I engage other aspects I gay engage bricolage first or focusing on public relations and communications arts and storytelling because that's just as important as anything this guy is such a charged landscape and one with so much history and so much you know so many cultural associations sometimes we think about the sky as representing a kind of freedom you know and I there's something to that but there's also skies that are filled with things like drones and satellites that are doing things like targeting people or filled with microwaves and all kinds of electromagnetic infrastructures that are very much a part of the world that we live in looking towards the end of this planet looking many many many generations ahead from now there will be come a time where the surface is not habitable and we'll have to leave this planet of course you can't go to other planets because you've up this one you're looking for a new home you go to other planets to better understand your resources here on earth so I'm talking this is this is a cosmic evolution but we're explorers and we're scientists and we should go to other planets so we need to do that and save this plan it's not mutually exclusive so I'm born in 1966 I grew up with the idea that we could go other planets if we chose to and of course things didn't really work out that way and we're living kind of a nostalgic place about the past but we are sending probes to land on Europa the icy moon of Jupiter which is the size of our moon yet has six times the water of our of our earth this is a pretty good chance that we might be able to find something living under that water that's what scientists are thinking and if you do a Drake's equation there's a pretty good chance that there is life on another planet whether it's intelligent life or not that's like that's a very that's a we just don't know the odds are very small but the odds like finding true love are very small everything's difficult everything important is where so you can find like just like circling system in my work right lot I since it was a very beginning so it's kind of repeating and it's repeating because of Metris I am dealing with which is like time which is like space which is gravity and so automatically that brings you to a circulation but also likes as stone spheres they're more like for me it stands for even if it's formerly for different but it's like I worked quite a lot about this question of like different dimensions different options different possibilities and so I just I also believe I deeply believe that that is just one one one thing here but like a lot of others I existing just in the same moment so it's like you know me being here but me being like an very very different kind of dimensions in the same moment and that's what's a rock also stands for it's like you know it looks like planets or something but it's what I mean it's like that anywhere just one of them but it's like it could be plenty different versions of us off of this planet of no just a slight change and just some inches away and it would be all different so it's and that that moment I think is quite I've been quite typical for my work and it's repeating since very many many years personally I I love that feeling of like absolute silence absolute blackness so I'm sure there are people who are not gonna like we'll see I mean for some people VR is a nightmare they hate it they vomit they're like no those big glasses it's a it's very clumsy it's super clumsy and you have gloves and a backpack and you're know you're like you're like an astronaut you can hardly move you're in your cocoon you know you're a ghoul but it doesn't for me it doesn't matter so much it's the mind that can jump you know it's it's we're imagining so this is work about that the weight of your body is overwhelming even my ears felt heavy on my head but some senses are increased example when you're in space the air cleaning systems are so effective there's very few odors I was thinking about David wills story in relationship fundamentally to mortality that in outer space were faced with nothing and when we die or were about to die maybe we're also thinking about nothing and so it felt as though someone who's gone to outer space and come back has experienced a brink of nothingness and I I find that being as close to that nothing as possible brings out the possibilities of everything else in life if we take something like the night sky this is something that humans have been looking towards for tens of thousands of years at least if not since the beginning of humans themselves and when we look at this guy we try to figure out something about who we are or where we came from or where we're going and that's true of ancient Babylonian astrologers trying to figure out the future from the movement of the planets and that's also true of the Hubble Space Telescope looking at the edges of the universe to try to find the ultimate origins and so when I'm thinking about making art I I think about the fact that anything that we look at has a history of hundreds or thousands of years of other artists and other people looking at that same exact thing and how do you look at it in a way that speaks to your moment in time which might be different than somebody else's moment in time so I guess for me the project is really about looking at the sky and seeing things that weren't there before and seeing things that maybe say something about where we are now you

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