by: Nitin Solanki
|The Definition of Space Art||The
term "Space Art" has many connotations and definitions even among the practitioners
of this genre in the space community. Roger F Malina (1989. 1990). as editor
of Leonardo: The Journal of Art, Science and Technology has tracked its
development over years. He defines Space Art as: "Contemporary art which
relies on space activity for its implementation" and lists seven broad
1. Fine art which exploits sensory experiences generated through space exploration. New landscapes become accessible through space photography and film. Space illustrators anticipated some of these. and make use of the photographic record from space exploration.
2. Art which expresses the new psychological and philosophical conceptions developed through the exploration of space. The primary example of this is the concept of the Earth as a whole system. a concept made concrete by the first views of the whole Earth. from space.
3. Art in space, viewed from Earth.
4. Art on Earth, viewed from space.
5. Art in space, viewed in space.
6. The applied arts such as space architecture, interior design and furniture design.
7. Fine art which takes advantage of new technologies and materials
created through space activities. The most important of these make use
of satellite systems to create simultaneous global artworks.
|Space Art Organizations||The OURS
The primary purpose of the OURS Foundation is to introduce, nurture and expand a cultural dimension to humanity's astronautical endeavors. This task will be manifested through the identification, investigation, support and realization of related cultural, astronautical, humanitarian, environmental and educational activities which may take place both on and off planet Earth, and which are deemed as beneficial to the development and advancement of human civilization in this new environment.
of Astronomical Artists
Paintings - Leah Lubin
Electric Olive Gallery - Ken Fair
Tharsis Gallery - Marilynn Flynn
Mars - Joel Hagen
Astro Art Pages - David Hardy
Imperial Earth - B.E. Johnson
Space Paintings - Ron Miller
Space Art Gallery - Ludek Pesek
Paintings - Jim Scotti
|Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)||Space
Flight Dolphin Project - Richard Clar
An inflatable dolphin sculpture/satellite will be deployed from the cargo bay of the U.S. Space Shuttle into low earth orbit. After deployment, Space Flight Dolphin will transmit a signal modulated by dolphin "voices" that may be detected or sensed by extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI).
|Views from Space||The GeoSphere
The purpose of The GeoSphere Project is to make complex global systems understandable. Through the use of technology we are creating visualizations that illustrate and enhance our understanding of Earth processes. By visualizing and understanding these processes we can evolve from Earth resource users to Earth resource managers.
|Art Viewed from Earth||Echoes
From the Moon - Pauline Oliveros
Echoes From the Moon was created in 1987 with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. In this project the sound signals were sent to the moon with the help of some antennae. The antenna on the Moon sends it back to the Earth.
The first "Hello" that was sent to the Moon by Pauline was in 1987, and after about 2 and 1/2 minutes the returned "Hello" was heard. The sound shifted slightly downward in pitch - a Doppler effect caused by the motion of the moon moving relative to the earth - like the whistle of a train as it rushes past. Then Pauline played a duo with the moon using a tin whistle, accordion and conch shell.
|Art Executed in Space and Weightlessness||Cosmic Dancer
- Arthur Woods
A sculpture floating in a zero-G environment could be viewed from an infinite number of perspectives or angles. This free floating aspect also enables a kinetic dimension to such artworks-resulting in their seemingly independent motion. This was the main idea behind this project.
The Cosmic Dancer entered the history of astronautics as the first three-dimensional artwork that was proposed, officially approved, tested, launched and incorporated into a human environment in outer space as scientifically reasoned "artistic experiment".
Gravity Project - Arts Catalyst
|Conceptual Art Works||KEO
KEO is a satellite that will be sent in the space probably in the year 2003. Today, KEO's top priority is to collect a large number of messages, representative of the entire human community of the 21st century. KEO would then take flight to carry this unique fresco of messages destined for our distant future descendants, 50,000 years from now.
A reflection of our way of life, this record would convey both the richness
and the diversity of the human experience.