Sunday, May 29, 2016

Week 9

Like so many of the topics we have covered in this class, space and the arts are in conversation with each other in a way that differs largely depending on the direction of information transfer. Space travel and research has influenced works of art. For example, Ray Bradbury's short story, "All Summer in a Day" presents a future where humans have colonized Venus, a planet constantly beleaguered by rain. Numerous other TV shows, books, short stories, and art works have made use of the space theme as a way to mediate our collective fascination (and, at times, fear) of space (Interstellar is a recent example).

Alternatively, scientists have been utilizing their technology and knowledge in artistic ways. For example, Carl Sagan utilized the work of scientists and artists alike to present scientific knowledge to the public. In a related vein, Neil Degrasse Tyson makes use of stylized animations in the recently rebooted version of Cosmos. Similarly, many scientists have been working with artists in zero-gravity to both test the effects of space flight on the human body as well as use the experience of weightlessness as inspiration for artistic endeavors (Forde).

I'm a student at UCSC. Recently, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History held an event entitled "Cosmos," featuring astrophysicists, artists, magicians, and spiritualists presenting their particular perspectives on space.


Bradbury, Ray. "All Summer in a Day."
Forde, Kathleen. "Dancing on the Ceiling: Art & Zero Gravity." Web.
Sagan, Carl. "The Pale Blue Dot." Video.
"3rd Friday: The Cosmos." Santa Cruz MAH.
Vesna, Victoria. "Week 9: Space and Art." UCLA. Lecture. Web.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Aubrey,

    I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the way space and art relate, especially agreeing with your idea that how they converge depends on the direction of information transfer. I see how space and art connect through so many different avenues, making it difficult to really pinpoint just one simple way that they relate. As you pointed out, connection stems from art forms like mass media (movies) to scientists' artistic endeavors (I love Neil DeGrasse Tyson) and more! Also, the Cosmos event at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History sounds really interesting and relevant to this class! I'll have to look into it! Thanks for sharing!