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New Directions in Space Art

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posted on 08.02.2021, 01:21 by Priest, Julian

New developments in the space industry, falling costs and a diversity of launch platforms are altering the conditions of access to space. The thesis examines to what extent cultural practice is enabled by these new relations. A brief historical overview details the cultural use of space and highlights the history of art satellites. This provides context for a detailed discussion of a satellite artwork by the author, "The Weight of Information". Auto-ethnographic and design-ethnographic techniques are used to explore the artwork through four situations. The setting of interfaces, form factors, boundaries and miniaturisation are found to be enabling mechanisms for cultural practice in space, while the developing space debris regulatory environment is found to provide a practical limit to further miniaturisation of space craft. The tension between the personal and infrastructural is examined through different concepts of entanglement. Strategies of tragedy, participation and correspondence that address issues of accessibility and contingency specific to cultural practice in the orbital environment are explored. Recommendations are made for practitioners wishing to work with art satellites. It is concluded that new developments in the space industry are enabling of future cultural practice in space.

History

Advisor 1

Langelaar, Walter

Advisor 2

Corballis, Tim

Copyright Date

08/02/2021

Date of Award

08/02/2021

Publisher

Victoria University of Wellington - Te Herenga Waka

Rights License

CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Degree Discipline

Design Innovation

Degree Grantor

Victoria University of Wellington - Te Herenga Waka

Degree Level

Masters

Degree Name

Master of Design

Victoria University of Wellington Unit

School of Design Innovation

ANZSRC Type Of Activity code

2 STRATEGIC BASIC RESEARCH

Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Awarded Research Masters Thesis

Language

en_NZ

Alternative Language

en

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