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Debra Solomon, Artist, Art Race in Space Ltd, Amsterdam

Artist-Astronaut: What the Future Told Us

January 28, 2002; 15 Minutes; Video

Debra Solomon's project "Artist-Astronaut" was installed in 2000 and 2001 at Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Ferens Gallery in Hull, England. Her mission was to investigate the effects of artist intervention into space exploration. Solomon put out a general call to select participants. During a series of closed sessions, she selected applicants that possessed the Right Stuff to play the role of Artist-Astronaut.

Her goal was to get perspectives on a mythical 50 years of Artist involvement in space exploration. To achieve this, she took the Artist-Astronaut participants on a mission several decades into the future using hypnotic techniques. In her highly suggestive 'holodeck' installation, participants were guided through time to the year 2050 as they were led to believe that they had either witnessed or participated in, a number of Artist missions. Participants were later given time to reflect upon this experience and discuss at length their own contributions to the field with their peers.

In addition to presenting her findings, Solomon will present audio and video from the Artist-Astronaut "future-sessions". She will also discuss future plans and the present spin-off of Artist-Astronaut as manifested in Art Race In Space's Experimental Directorate for the Arts for the European Space Agency and Industry.