Part of the series Cosmopolis
My initial interest in the iconography of the cosmos comes from my experience as an Online user of the shift from human perspective (eye level) to the satellite view into the distance of the stratosphere, the scarcity of oxygen (the immateriality of the On- line experience), the absence of hard soil beneath one’s feet (real virtuality) etc.
I need to acknowledge this experience with the inherited spatial attitudes often taken for granted. The parallel augmented reality we reside in, enabled by image processing technologies transform us into some sort of amateur cosmonauts. I am interested in that paradoxical state in which everything in this world seems intimately close, at arms-length, at a single screen click away, and yet out of reach, cosmically distant. Looking into space is also like looking into the future and the past at the same time. It holds the image of overcoming the very boundaries of the known, of expansion, of conquering new worlds, unraveling the mysteries and rationally understanding the universe – its dimensions are utopian.