ETHEROSPERMIA: Conceptual Art, Science and Allegory in the sky-seeding project | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it

 This paper presents the practice of the artist/researcher Ioannis Michaloudis. It showcaseshis use of a space technology nanomaterial, silica aerogel, and its potential in the culturalutilization of space. Since 2001, his projects have centered around the esthetic, sculpturaland conceptual use of silica aerogel. For Michaloudis, this material is highly allegorical of what he terms‘our breaking sky’. For the authors, the step towards space is a real‘bridgemoment’, analogous to the evolutionary progression of organisms from water to earth. Inthis current era of space exploration, it is clear that humans need to develop new organsand survival skills–or, cultivate new skies in response tothe breaking of our atmosphere'sdome. It is also clear that science and art need to collaborate more productively. To thisend, it is argued that allegory provides the link between imaginability, experiment andrepresentation in both scientific and artistic practices.Etherospermia(εθεροσπερμία) isan invented word frometherandpanspermia. TheEtherospermiaproject pursues,allegorically, the creation of new atmospheres on other planets, in order to draw attentionto the degradation and destruction of the earth's protective veil. Imagine an astronautwho, during a space walk, scatters fragments of Michaloudis' silica aerogel as seedmaterial to alter the atmospheres of other planets, making them habitable. The paperdiscusses nine artworks as a way of presenting the conceptual core of theetherospermiaallegory. ...


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