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The Universe Makers, In event of Moon Disaster


artist | Bianca Salvo

2016

Installation / Edition of 5

21 × 29 cm / 8.3 × 11.4 in

Vinyl print, photographic prints on Fujifilm Archive Paper, inkjet print on tracing paper.

This project is the result of a research of space imagery and aims to inquire on representative patterns and figurative models upon which our pop culture psyche ... Read more
Vinyl print, photographic prints on Fujifilm Archive Paper, inkjet print on tracing paper.

This project is the result of a research of space imagery and aims to inquire on representative patterns and figurative models upon which our pop culture psyche is based and which still nowadays profoundly influence our attitudes toward the scientific and the outer space.

Through this body of work, the artist wanted to explore the role technology, media and science fiction have had in producing evidence that still addresses our collective imagery towards beliefs, fake conceptions and constructed scenarios.

A lifetime of civilisation is certainly a matter of concern for humanity: from the TV appearance of the first man on the moon in 1969 to the recent mission to Mars ONE promising to inaugurate a permanent human settlement on Mars. The possibility of life beyond Earth has become more concrete in our minds. Besides, documents and visual records collected over the years from institutions and research centres have had a fundamental role in providing us with a vivid and exciting depiction of the remote universe.

Recently, the N.A.S.A has been involved in a process of digitalisation of their archive: a vast collection of images that serve as realistic proof of the feasibility of space explorations. On the other hand, science fiction and literature massively contributed across years in setting up our idea of an outward infinite galaxy, waiting for us to be explored, studied and colonised, suggesting situations in between the bizarre and the truth.

Starting from these assumptions, Bianca has collected written documents and images questioning their informative role, as well as according to her practice, she has begun a process of intervention in these records with the aim to challenge their authenticity. The artist has tried to establish a parallel dialogue between ultimate proofs and fake results, combining and manipulating images collected from the N.A.S.A. digital archive with photographs, sculptured objects and sources from science fiction magazines, focusing on offering a diverse narrative of space imagery and transforming factual evidence into unrealistic scenarios. Read less
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