The Space Stations are floating viewing pods that offer a glimpse into how we imagine outer space and our place within it. In each pod, video compilations made from a century of film about leaving planet earth show that while technologies in space travel and cinematography have evolved dramatically, our psychological relationship with outer space has remained consistent. The project aims to show these common threads in our cinematic journeys through outer space.
The Space Stations were designed and installed for Spaceness, a group show about outer space and the unknown held at the Sou'wester Lodge in Seaview, Washington in February 2015 and again in February 2016.
Part 1 of the 5 part video installation featuring footage of our cinematographic imaginations of outer space and our place within it. This compilation includes excerpts from 2001 Space Odyssey, Apollo 13, Battlestar Galactica, Trip to Mars, The Right Stuff, Tree of Life, and Gravity.
Water Landing highlights the tendency for space movies to conclude with a dramatic water landing. The 2013 thriller Gravity, appears to make a concerted nod to the film that began this cinematic tradition, Georges Melies' 1902 Voyage dans La Lune (keep an eye out for the frogs). This compilation contains video footage from Voyage dans La Lune, Gravity, Apollo 13, and The Right Stuff.