Space and art enter new dimension17/02/17Culture
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) involvement in the world of art is entering a new dimension through co-operation with Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto.
The idea is to make space activities as inclusive as possible for more people.
Pistoletto began his co-operation with ESA for the development of the official mission patch of Paolo Nespoli’s VITA mission, which includes the artist’s symbol of his ‘Third Paradise’ concept in the artwork designed by ESA for the Italian Space Agency (ASI).
The Spac3 app continues this co-operation by allowing users to select and combine Nespoli’s images from space with their own photos. Developed by ESA and ASI in close co-operation with radioartemobile (RAM) and Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Spac3 will be launched at the same time as Nespoli’s launch into space later this year.
Users will also be able to receive photos taken by Nespoli during his mission. These could then be modified by the user into a new image based on the six different themes inspired by the UN’s sustainable development goals.
The themes are: Life on land; Good health and wellbeing; Industry, innovation and infrastructure; Climate action; Life below water, and Sustainable cities and communities.
Pistoletto is acknowledged as one of the founding fathers of the contemporary Italian movement Arte Povera (Poor Art) and is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of his generation.