We simply started to look up space. We watched many videos about space and especially liked youtube videos explaining everyday life in space. Even the most banal activity on earth becomes interesting in space. We were fascinated when we observed how astronauts wash their hair. Our personal favorite was “Mixed Nuts in Space”. At this point we also realized that it is not just a big mission, an incredible finding or technical device that people get interested in space research, it’s the small things that are different from live on earth.
Get in contact with the public
At an early point in our research process we realized that we wanted to know what the public’s opinions and thoughts were about space. So we went out onto the streets and approached people with the questions “What do you know about space?”. The Lagrange Point is an enhancement from spontaneous talks to a place of interactions.
The „Space Wall“ was our tool to record our research. We pinned all our results and findings on it. It became somehow an artwork itself. In the beginning the information was pinned randomly. Later we started to organize our research findings into categories. Quickly the pictures, articles and notes sticked to each category startet to mingle.
The amount of information was overwhelming. We had to connect all information into meaningful findings. At the Space Wall the categories started to blur because everything was somehow connected. That’s when we decided to not focus on categories, but on connections. We structured our research into cluster. Each cluster combines categories such as “Mood”, “Politics” or “Culture” and is linked together by its superior connection.
The cluster that we decided on are:
- Space is visual – from printed stars to James Webb Telescope
- Space is transcendental – from the meaning of heaven, sky and space towards Rosetta Mission
- Space is visionary – from space inspired architectures in the 60’s to modern water treatmeant installations
- Humanities in Space – from the question “Are there nations in space” to the long term space missions
- Space makes everything more interesting – from mixed space nuts to cartilage resarche
- The limits of space – from the fact that we are all in space to the invention of a space hover
- Space – a place of strange attraction – from historical space research to private entrepreneurship and Mars 1 Mission
- The deepness of space – from infinity to Galileo Satellites