With advancements in space technology, humans’ fascination with the cosmos has grown exponentially, and artists are exploring concepts of space that are bringing us closer to the solar system and outer space more than ever.
Humans have always been searching for intelligent organisms in the universe. NASA placed an ambitious message aboard Voyager 1 and 2 - a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. While the information was designed to be comprehensible based on human’s perception, it remains uncertain whether extraterrestrial lives can decipher it since they may have completely different logic or ways of perceiving the world.
A cosmic meditation on life and death, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room series hypnotizes viewers. The artist hung hundreds of flashing LED lights from the ceiling of a darkened, mirrored room. The reflections created a dizzying sense of endless space. This seemingly infinite space is populated by hanging, blinking LEDs, which make the space seems like a galaxy or a nebula.
Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata used some spare moments aboard the International Space Station to create a spiral light painting that used the station's microgravity and a few LEDs to make some truly impressive photographs. The work, called Spiral Top, was originally created by light artist Takuro Osaka, and Wakata used the familiar long-exposure photo technique to yield spiraling light beams that were enhanced by the zero gravity conditions of the makeshift photo "studio."
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