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Ozu, Smithson, Estes, Kak

Luis Bunuel
Calanda, Spain
George Méliès, Jordan Belson, Piero Manzoni, Mariko Mori

Igor Stravinsky, Salvador Dali, Robert Capa, Federico García Lorca

I was born the oldest of seven children in a small town in the Aragon province in Spain. As a boy I would participate in daring games, swallowing cigarette butts found in the street, or eating sandwiches covered with ants. I loved to play my violin but family pressures disallowed the study of music, so I enrolled in agricultural science and studied ants. It wasn't long before I found I was more interested in the life or literature of insects than their anatomy. At the students' residence in Madrid I fell in with a group of young artists who would influence me greatly. Among them were the poets Federico Garcia Lorca and Moreno Villa, and painter Salvador Dali. The Surrealis Movement awakened in me memories of my less than common childhood and inspired my film art. Although I flirted with the commercial film industries in Mexico, America and France after the Spanish Civil War, I never lost sight of poetry and visual art.

Flow Motion (Anna Piva and Edward George)
London, UK
Musicians, Space artists
Kronos Quartet, Inspire, Radio Astronomy

John Coltrane, PJ Harvey, cosmology

We (Anna Piva, Edward George and Trevor Mathison) formed Flow Motion and Hallucinator in 1996. Our basic concern was an exploration of different concepts of space and their translation into music and art. In particular, our work demonstrates a preoccupation with the cosmos.

Willoughby Sharp
New York City, USA
Telecommunication artist, publisher
Andy Warhol, Peter Weibel, Ezra Orion, Chris Burden

Nicola Tesla, Heinrich Hertz, Joseph Beuys

I met Joseph Beuys in Dusseldorf in 1958. From then until his death in 1986, we had a close, collaborative relationship. I was instrumental in bringing Beuys’ work to the attention of the American art world, starting with an ARTFORUM interview inDecember, 1969, and producing Beuys' solo show in New York at Ronald Feldman Galery in New York. In 1974, at Beuys’ request, I videotaped «I Like America, America Likes Me» at the Rene Block Gallery, New York. In 1979, Beuys invited me to curate the film and video sections of his retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum. I began my media work in 1967 by shooting a small number of films including Earth, Place and Process, then tapes, video sculpture, videoperformance and broadcast TV.

At San Jose State TV in 1970, I began my Videoview dialogues with Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, Chris Burden, Dennis Oppenheim. More recently, in partnership I have produced documentaries on Dennis Oppenheim, Keith Sonnier and Morton Subotnick. In the late 1970s I made a series of pre-Internet projects simultaneously interlacing information from computers, telefax and Slow-Scan TV, leading to global streaming transmissions.

Takuro Osaka
Tokyo, Japan
installation artist
Sota Ichikawa and Seiko Mikami, Cai Guo-Qiang, Alfredo Jaar, Tatsuo Miyajima

Joseph Kosuth

My working field is not only in the museum but also in the space of architecture and display. I am Director of Studio Photon,a light art studio in Tokyo, and I am a Professor at University of Tsukuba.

Hans Haacke
New York City, New York, USA
Installation art, concept art, land & environmental art
Dan Graham, Bruce Nauman

Joseph Beuys

I am a german artist based in New York. For decades, I have produced challenging works that focus on interaction and conflict, both in nature and in society - how they affect our visual culture, and thereby our sense of the world. I am known for my analysis of the art world's financial as well as institutional links to the corporate world, presenting this research in the form of installations and works in public space.

Kitsou Dubois
Tokyo, Japan
Dancer, choreographer
Morag Wightman, Jan Fabre, Steina, Dragan Zivadinov, Ansuman Biswas

Maria Callas, Sarah Bernhard

I am a French choreographer and was the first artist to use the medium of Zero Gravity. Since 1991 I made twelve parabolic flights with the French Space Agency, first alone, then with other dancers. I have during my flights developed new protocols for dancing in zero gravity and proposed a training for astronauts derived from dance techniques. I was awarded a PhD on the basis of my research into the dancers body in Zero Gravity. Currently artist-in-residence at London"s Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, I have supported a peer-reviewed science project by Imperial College"s Bio-dynamics group led by Professor Bob Schroter to use transcranial magnetic stimulation to test the dancers responses in zero G. This has been accepted as an experiment by the European Space Agency. M latest work, Fluid Trajectories was recently filmed in Zero G at the Yuri Gagarin Training Centre, Star City, Moscow.

Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann
Bern, San Francisco
Buckminster Fuller, Piero Manzoni, Tate in Space

Robert Venturi

We are an artist-duo with a refined sense of architecture and design that finds expression in forms ranging from redesigned demarcations on a soccer field to a museum café covered entirely in warped psychedelic carpeting.

Dragan Zivadinov
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Theater director
George Méliès

Peter Brook

Dragan Zivadinov describes himself as a reluctant conscript to the artist cosmonaut corps. I studied theatre and radio directing at the University of Ljubljana. In 1983 co-founder of the Theatre of the Scipion Nasice Sisters, which was one of the three foundations of the NSK - Neue Slowenische Kunst art movement. In 1987 I was co-founder of the Cosmokinetical Theatre Red Pilot and in 1989 founder of the Cosmokinetical Cabinet Noordung. I was also co-founder of the DELAK institute for contemporary theatre research.

Arthur Woods
Stein am Rhein, Switzerland
Chesley Bonestell

Jules Verne
"2001: A Space Odyssey"
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
"Star Trek"
"Star Wars"

I was born in Talaquah, Oklahoma, USA on March 26, 1948. My involvement with space began at the early age of 11 when i personally witnessed the beginnings of the U.S. space effort from 1959-1970 while living in Merritt Island, Florida near Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. While a university student, i held jobs at the space center during the Apollo program in the summers of 1967 and 1968.
I studied art and psychology at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. After graduation in 1970 and completing U.S. military service in 1972, i began my art career in California before moving to Switzerland in 1974 where i now live and work.

David A. Hardy
Space artist and illustrator
Chesley Bonestell, Kurt Foge

Arthur C. Clarke, Carl Sagan

I am probably the longest-established living astronomical artist, having produced my first piece of space art in 1950 at the age of 14, and illustrated my first book in 1954. I work in acrylics, oils, and digitally on a PowerMac G4 1.25GHz. I have illustrated and produced covers for many, many books, both fact and fiction, including many by Patrick Moore, some by Arthur C. Clarke and the late Carl Sagan. In 1974 I started writing my own non-fiction books for both children and adults. I have worked on science fiction magazines, factual magazines like New Scientist, Focus, Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, even movies, TV, computer games and record covers. In 2001 a book about my life and work, Hardyware: The Art of David A. Hardy, was published by Paper Tiger in the USA, in September 2003 my first science fiction novel, Aurora, was published by Cosmos Books and in spring 2004 a new, highly-illustrated book with Sir Patrick Moore, Futures: 50 Years of Space Art was published to commemorate our half-century of working together as writer and artist. I have acted as President and Board member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), and received the Lucien Rudaux Memorial Award for service to space art. In 2003 an asteroid was named after me!: (13329) Davidhardy = 1998 SB32. Discovered 1998 Sept. 20 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak...

Douglas Huebler
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
conceptual artist, photographer
Chris Burden, Dennis Oppenheim, Damian Hirst

Henri Bergson, Maurice Merleau Ponty, George Kubler, Ad Reinhardt

I am an American Minimal sculptor and pioneer of Conceptual art. I was Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and served in the US Marine Corps in World War II. Then I studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, at the Cleveland School of Art and at the Academie Julian in Paris. I've taught at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, then at Bradford Junior College, Bradford, Massachusetts, and most recently at the Carpenter Center, Harvard University. My first exhibition was at the Phillips Gallery in Detroit, 1953. I began as a painter, then turned to making Minimal sculpture in formica on wood and was included in the Primary Structures exhibition at the Jewish Museum, New York, 1966. Made my first experiments with map pieces in 1967, and in 1968-9 gave up making sculpture and began to make series of 'Duration Pieces', 'Variable Pieces' and 'Location Pieces' by treating everyday activities in such a way as to produce documentation in the form of photographs, maps, drawings and descriptive text.

Galileo Galilei
Pisa, Italy
Astronomer, mathematician, genius
Johannes Kepler, Piero Manzoni

Nicholas Copernicus

I was born in Pisa, Italy on February 15, 1564. My father, Vincenzo Galilei, was a musician. My mother was Giulia degli Ammannati. I was the first of six, though some people believe seven, children. My family belonged to the nobility but was not rich. In the early 1570's, we moved to Florence. I was never married. However, I did have a brief relationship with Marina Gamba, a woman I met on one of my many trips to Venice. Marina lived in my house in Padua where she bore us three children. Our two daughters, Virginia and Livia, were both put in convents where they became, respectively, Sister Maria Celeste and Sister Arcangela. In 1610, I moved from Padua to Florence where I took a position at the Court of the Medici family. I left my son, Vincenzio, with Marina Gamba in Padua. In 1613, Marina married Giovanni Bartoluzzi.

Chesley Bonestell
San Francisco, California, USA
illustrator, history painter
Alan Bean

H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, Edgar Allan Poe

I was born 1 January, 1888 in San Francisco, California. I have had three successful careers in art; the best is the one he commenced in 1944, as an artist/illustrator of space flight and astronomical subjects. I studied architecture and worked on major structures, including the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, and the Chrysler Tower, New York. At the age of 50, I began a second career as a motion picture special effects artist. Within a few years my unique skill in creating realistic scenes made me the most sought-after matte artist in Hollywood. Working on such pictures as War of the Worlds, When Worlds Collide, and Destination Moon, I refined my space painting techniques. Then I entered my best known career; illustrating astronomical scenes and space flight. During the next decade I created some of my most compelling works: illustrations of manned visits to the Moon and planets. This was a decade before there were national programs for large rockets and satellite flight. It was a time when space flight was the dream of a few enthusiasts, certainly before the subject was professionally acceptable - or even respectable. I died on June 11, 1986 at the age of 98 at my home in Carmel, California.

Steven Q
Redhill, England, UK
sculptor, kinetic artist
Damien Hirst

Eadweard Muybridge

I am a B artist working with converted photographic equipment and kinetic sculptures. My work shows a strong interest in the mechanical, which stems from an early childhood memory of seeing my father surrounded by the wires and tubes of a television set he was repairing. My early work was based on converting furniture and everyday objects into makeshift pinhole cameras which I then use to take sympathetic photographs. I typically have to plan and construct a significant amount of supporting equipment in order to achieve my pictures. In 1999 I was short listed for the Turner Prize at the Tate Gallery in London. My entry was based on the work 'Laundromat - Locomotion' in which I converted a row of 12 washing machines in a laundromat into a series or cameras triggered by trip wires and then rode a horse through the laundromat to recreate Eadweard Muybridge's The Horse in Motion from 1878. My more recent work also includes kinetic sculptures.

Charles Eames
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
designer, filmmaker
Matti Suuronen

Eliel Saarinen

We, Charles Eames (1907-78) and Ray Eames (1912-88) gave shape to America's twentieth century. Our lives and work represented the nation's defining movements: the West Coast's coming-of-age, the economy's shift from making goods to producing information, and the global expansion of American culture. We embraced the era's visionary concept of modern design as an agent of social change, elevating it to a national agenda. Our evolution from furniture designers to cultural ambassadors demonstrated our boundless talents and the overlap of our interests with those of our country. In a rare era of shared objectives, we partnered with the federal government and the country's top businesses to lead the charge to modernize postwar America.

Maurizio Cattelan
Padova, Italy
installation artist, sculpture
Yoko Ono

Marcel Duchamp, Wagner

I did not attend art school but taught myself. I started my career in Forlì (Italy) in the eighties where I knew some local artists. Today I am one of the best-known Italian artists to have emerged internationally in the 1990s, and my reputation continues to grow. My art often combines sculpture and performance. Some consider me the king of the pranksters. I have been described by Jonathan P. Binstock, curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, in a Gene Weingarten interview (the Washington Post), «as one of the great post-Duchampian artists and a smartass, too». I am said to be a master of provocation who shuns the media and abuses the art world. I am notoriously controversial.

David Wayne Chase
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
comic book artist/writer

Albert Einstein ,Rumiko Takahashi, Sergei Korolev, Werner Von Braun, James Van Allen, Robert Goddard, Martin Luther King, Martin Luther, Yuri Gagarin, John Glenn, Neal Armstrong,

I am an aspiring comic book artist in the Manga style with an extensive background in history and science. I was a kid captivated by the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs

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