Space Station Art Gallery
An artwork by Guy Livingston has been chosen to launch into space and be exhibited on the International Space Station.
Livingston is one of 81 artists whose works will orbit the earth for three months starting in February. His artwork consists of two parts: a musical instrument which remains on earth, and five spheres which travel into space.
The electronic musical instrument vibrates below the reach of human hearing, apparently silent. But as soon as the miniature spheres are re-placed onthe surface, the hidden sounds becomes audible.
Each sphere has its own mass, color, reflectivity, and texture (steel, silver, pearl, howlite, lodolite). Each also has its own sound when placed on the instrument. While in their transparent space gallery, they will move around slowly in microgravity, bumping into each other and into the sides of the cube. Each one influences the others, in an ever-changing artwork, a slow dance.
About the Moon Gallery mission
A selection of 81 artworks by an international group of artists and scientists will be integrated into a 9 x 9 x 1 cm grid to fly to the ISS aboard the NG-17 rocket on a Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply mission. The launch is scheduled for the 19th of February at the Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, USA.
The Moon Gallery exhibition will stay for three months onboard the
International Space Station (ISS) to be viewed by astronauts in person, and by earthlings via photographs and video. After the exhibition, the gallery will be safely returned to Earth, and go on an international tour of space-related institutions.