About Space and Love
“But maybe we went into outer space
only to experience people for the first time,
as a reason to love?”
from Andrei Tarkovsky’s
Space exploration is one of those human endeavors in which actual
practice and mythology are difficult to distinguish from one
another. Myth and reality are tightly intertwined here and form an
integral whole in collective consciousness, an
conquest, which, decelerating and
accelerating, continues to unfold before our very eyes. From time to
time, details emerge that shed new light on the mainstream of this
epic, details in which reality and myth-making are also inextricably
We have long been interested in this subject - in particular, the
question of how time spent in outer space affects the individual.
When we began to collect information we made a surprising discovery.
The painterly talents of cosmonaut Alexey Leonov are well known. But
only a few people are aware that nearly everyone who has spent time
in space has later developed a passion for the visual arts as a way
of coping with the things they experienced there and communicating
them to others. This phenomenon – the irresistible urge to make art
– has been termed the Scott syndrome
in honor of the American astronaut who first evinced this behavioral
As we worked on this project we noticed that the subject of most of
the works by cosmonauts and astronauts
was love in its most various
manifestations. Once removed from the context of the Earth, people
apparently need to give love and express it creatively.
The total installation
About Space and Love portrays an
exhibition of most interesting
artwork by cosmonauts and astronauts.