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Aleksandra Mir Delves into the Mysteries of the Universe

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Mir shares the interviews she conducted with 16 space scientists and academics, many of whom helped to inform her series of black-and-white drawings of space travel.
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  4/28/2018Aleksandra Mir Delves into the Mysteries of the Universehttps://hyperallergic.com/410989/aleksandra-mir-delves-into-the-mysteries-of-the-universe/1/6 Intallation view of pace Tapetr: arthOervation & Human paceight  , Modern ArtOxford, June 24–Novemer 12, 2017 (imagecourte Alekandra Mir) We Can’t top Thinking Aout the Future itechnicall a catalogue for Alekandra Mir’recent exhiition at Modern ArtOxford and Tate Liverpool, ut it’ alo much more than that, with the focu not omuch on the artwork a on the people andtorie ehind it. Mir comine image of her mot recent large-cale project, paceTapetr , with interview he conducted with 16 pace cientit and academic,man of whom helped to inform her erie of lack-and-white drawing of pace travel, inuenced  the aeux Tapetr and depiction of Halle’Comet in the Middle Age. OOK  Alekandra Mir Delve into the Mterie of the Univere Mir hare the interview he conducted with 16 pacecientit and academic, man of whom helped to inform hererie of lack-and-white drawing of pace travel. 󰁅     󰁬   󰁥     󰁮     󰁡     󰀠󰁇      󰁯󰁵󰁫     󰁡     󰁳󰁳󰁩   󰁡     󰁮     󰁎      󰁯󰁶     󰁥     󰁭       󰁢󰁥     󰁲    󰀠 󰀲󰀴󰀬   󰀠 󰀲󰀰󰀱󰀷     4/28/2018Aleksandra Mir Delves into the Mysteries of the Universehttps://hyperallergic.com/410989/aleksandra-mir-delves-into-the-mysteries-of-the-universe/2/6 Firt TV image of Mar (image courte NAA/JPL/Dan Good)aeux Tapetr cene 32: Men taring atHalle’ Comet (image courte Mraella, via Wikimedia Common) In 1066, when the right, urning light of Halle’ Comet wa oerved paingthrough the k over ngland, it wa een a an omen. In Octoer of that ame ear, the Norman invaion at the attle of Hating took the life of King HaroldII, and William the Conqueror wa crowned king on Chritma Da. Theceletial event plaed uch a large role in pulic memor that Halle’ Comet wa even woven into the aeux Tapetr.Like it hitorical predeceor, Alekandra Mir’ pace Tapetr  tell a viualtor created  a team of collaorator, all of whom laored together to createthe immene work  hand. In preparation for the project, Mir oughtinformation and advice from more than a dozen cientit who pecialize in allthing related to pace — from atellite deigner to atrophicit and eventhe Director General of the uropean pace Agenc. When the project wanall completed two ear later, he came ack to interview them for thecatalogue.Mir’ converation veer from dicuion of her project attempting to capturethe “Hule aethetic” to how agencie chooe atronaut — cientit orpilot? Militar or civilian? — the complication of planetar nomenclature,and even the democratization of pace and pace tourim. Often, the world of cience and the art collide in unexpected wa.In her converation with atronomer MarekKukula, Mir dicover that the ver rtdigital image of Mar wa actuall a craondrawing from the 1960. It eem thecientit couldn’t wait to nd out what thelandcape looked like — the computer tooka long time to generate an image from  4/28/2018Aleksandra Mir Delves into the Mysteries of the Universehttps://hyperallergic.com/410989/aleksandra-mir-delves-into-the-mysteries-of-the-universe/3/6 numer in what wa one of the rt digitalimaging technologie — o the hand-colored it, like a paint--numer picture. Mir and Kukula alo dicu theimportance of photograph to atronom, and vice vera. (In the earl da of photograph, while the art world fought over whether or not it wa toomechanical to e art, reearcher argued that it might not e mechanicalenough for cience.) Mir even encourage Kukula to pulih a cienticall uele photo of empt pace — the telecope wa pointed at the wrongcoordinate — a art. Cover of We Can’t top Thinking Aout TheFuture: ARTIT ALKANDRA MIR PAKWITH TH PAC WORLD , trange AttractorPre, London / MIT Pre, Camridge, MA (image courte Alekandra Mir) Mir talk with Jill tuart, director of MTI (Meaging xtraterretrialIntelligence) International, aout the quetion of colonization (“we earch theunivere to nd ourelve,” tuart a), and to pace archaeologit AliceGorman aout tranlating Asrcinal culture into pace and protecting “lunarheritage” and the ite of the 1969 moon landing. tuart ve, who i developingthe concept of “pace Trac Control,” dicue cleaning up pace deri andthe catalogue of 23,000 oject (excluding militar technolog) that oftencollide, creating pace hrapnel. Apparentl, in the old da, len cap oncamera in outer pace were deigned to jut pop o into the ether.One of the mot humling converation in term of the limit of humanknowledge i toward the end of the ook, when medical doctor and pacephiologit Thai Ruomano ponder how familiar force we thought we  4/28/2018Aleksandra Mir Delves into the Mysteries of the Universehttps://hyperallergic.com/410989/aleksandra-mir-delves-into-the-mysteries-of-the-universe/4/6 ome of Alekandra Mir’ aitant poe infront of a work at pace Tapetr: Farawa Miion , Tate Liverpool, June 23–Octoer 15,2017 (image courte Alekandra Mir) knew aout (like gravit) act on the human od in outer pace. “Gravit haother eect we don’t know aout et,” he a, citing a recent tud thatfound an increaed preure on the human rain in what we alwa thought of a a micro-gravit environment. (There’ no uch thing a true “zero gravit.”)Like much of Mir’ artwork, We Can’t topThinking Aout the Future  i a collaoration, with the artit erving a a manager of ort.The ook in’t even directl aout her.Rather, the converational interviewdelving into the mterie of the univereare littered with clue aout Mir, herproject and philoophie. It’ epeciall refrehing to read interview that crodicipline. What ring all thee peopletogether i an unridled curioit. A Jan Woerner, director general of the uropean pace Agenc tell Mir, “it i in ourgene to dicover the unknown.” We Can’t top Thinking Aout the Future  i out now from  MIT Pre. MOR FROM HYPRALLRGIC
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