All Things Astronomical
Earlier this year millions of people across the world joined together to look up to the skies and witness the elusive solar eclipse, and whilst some were not so lucky with the unfortunate cloud coverage, astronomy fever had already set in. Space travel, extraterrestrial forms and the vast capacity of the universe has gripped imaginations all around for thousands of years, but with the rapid growth of technology of the past decades, the discovering of the unknown seems closer than ever. Here, we look at three publications that investigate how space and artistic practice work together, and how they all individually capture what we cannot touch.
The Last Cosmology by Kikuji Kawada, Mack Books
Renowned Japanese photographer Kikuji Kawada is someone who loves to look up. Originally published in conjunction with an exhibition in 1995, The Last Cosmology is a culmination of photographs taken between 1980 and 2000, as part of the “The Catastrophe Trilogy”, a series that merges the unique drama of the skies together with two major events on earth happening during that time: the Showa era and the end of the 20th century. Inspired by the expressionist oil skyscapes of painter Emil Nolde, Kawada became infatuated with the details of the sky, cloud patterns, eclipses, moon formations and the many wonders of the cosmos, taking the reader on a journey through all things astronomical.
Houston I Am The Problem by Claudio Pogo & Stephane Leonard, Pogo Books
For many, the childhood dream of voyaging into space has remained just that: a dream. However for the two artists Claudio Pogo and Stephane Leonard, they continued to explore their fascination of the great unknown for their series Houston I Am The Problem. Printed over just 48 pages and presenting both large and small scale work in drawing, print, and photography format, the series explores subjects surrounding space photography, science fiction, conspiracy theories and the existence of extraterrestrial life in a playful but inquisitive manner, casting their own light on a topic that is so endless.
Voyager – The Grand Tour by Martin Eberle, Drittel Books
In this new publication from Drittel Books, Voyager – The Grand Tour, photographer Martin Eberle hopes to bridge the gap between science and photography in the realm of cultural history. Spanning over three volumes, the publication investigates the background of the Voyager, an unveiling of the imagery found on the “Golden Record” – a disc that the Voyager carried containing imagery and sounds for extraterrestrial lifeforms, and finally an accumulation of Eberle’s own photographic documentation of his visits to scientific institutions in the USA, adding a personal touch to a project that could feel out of ones reach.