Streaming Museum at the Microwave International New Media Festival, Hong Kong
November 2 - 23, 2013 Website
Astronauts who have seen the Earth from space have often described the ‘overview effect’ as an experience that has transformed their perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it, and enabled them to perceive it as our shared home, without boundaries between nations or species. Commercial space travel will expose thousands of private citizens to the overview effect over the next decade. Their responses to this transforming experience will bring about a new kind of self-awareness and a new global consciousness that will instigate practical actions towards sustainability.This exhibition is inspired by Overview, a film by Planetary Collective about astronauts viewing earth in space, and expands on its theme with a collection of artworks that reflect a range of thought provoking planetary interconnections. Artists include: Maurice Benayoun, Lincoln Schatz, Mark Amerika, Eduardo Kac, Michael Najjar, Andrea Ackerman, Marcus Neustetter, Claudia Hart, Emanuel Pimenta, Björk and Andrew Thomas Huang.
Overview (2012), The Planetary Collective (19:00) Interviews with astronauts who have experienced the overview effect provide insights about its relevance to how we meet the challenges facing our planet at this time. Image courtesy of NASA.
Elon Musk, Cube Portrait from Esquire’s Portrait of the 21st Century (2008) by Lincoln Schatz (5:12) After minting his fortune during the Internet boom of the late nineties, Elon Musk is building businesses in three 21st-century industries: space exploration, solar power, and electric automobiles. Surrounded by images of SpaceX rockets and Tesla cars in this generative portrait, these images, he says, represent the output of his mind.