Central to my views about the present day evolution of the visual artist's creations is space. It makes absolutely no doubt to me that looking to oneself, to oneselve's world from afar is bound to change our view of the world. Speed of movement, of transportation on earth has been since the 19th century the central shaker of our visual perceptions. Let us forget for a moment the visual art absurdities of the 20th century and try to reconnect with the evolution of painters' visions. We now can envision the radical revolution that space will unleash on us all in terms of our vision of the world. It's not only the brutal acceleration of speed that tortures our vision. From afar we somehow reach a state of plenitude where speed is abolished and discover the mirror in which we are looking at ourselves on earth... This experience has been described by some astronauts in terms of a religious experience. But the recourse to religion is a one way street, a no drive through street where one lands in ideological land.
I firmly believe that visual artists did not go as far as the road of space. We all have been overtaken by the photographic images of and from space. And space in an outwards direction, the cosmos as macrocosm, is but one of the dimensions. What about space in an inwards direction, the microcosm. Both directions somehow converge in the sense that they force us out of our traditional visual certitudes.
The philosophical implications are absolutely staggering and, to put it in soft words, I'm amazed at how our societies have only been mildly shaken as of today. Often I have this odd feeling that scientists' photographs make better art than most visual artists' creations.
"Cosmic life imitates art "
Here are some more links, have a good time with those artists who are been called scientists:
"Olympus America Inc., and The Florida State University"