“A Monument For Fallen Stars”

“A Monument For Fallen Stars”, 2020. Nine patches, hand embroidery. ⌀ approx. 6 cm each. Framed: 50 x 50 cm. Edition 5 copies (set of 9 patches). 990 Euros

In the early 1970s, Lloyd Kahn wrote Domebook 1 & 2, two publications on the construction of geodesic domes, at the heart of the growing movement of American counterculture and rural communities, which emerged during this time. As they became the cornerstone of a new revolutionary society, the enthusiasm of these communities for these unusual constructions sometimes took on mystical dimensions. Lloyd Kahn’s books, rich in illustrations, photographs and testimonies, explained the geometry of geodesic domes and delivered technical tips as well as very practical construction instructions. The invention of domes was not new; it had been widely known since the late 1940s by inventor-entrepreneur-philosopher Richard Buckminster Fuller. At first skeptical, he then viewed the counterculture’s enthusiasm for these structures, until then used more by industry and the military, as very positive. Although geodesic domes hardly established themselves in residential housing, they very quickly embodied a strong symbol of utopias and technical progress. We find them in many concepts of contemporary architecture, from space stations – on Mars or on the Moon, in some eccentric projects and in science fiction films. The Paper Models series began with the reproduction of paper models found in Domebook 2, for a better understanding of structures. It has since evolved into models of utopias, science and science fiction. Finally, the paper model symbolizes a quick construction attempt that can just as quickly be thrown away.

While in the 20th century space travel was almost exclusively managed by government institutions, the new millennium has notably seen the arrival of a generation of space enthusiasts who strive to go into space with private companies. The term NewSpace was coined, a term that sums up all private initiatives and primarily describes their relevance to cost reduction and economic efficiency. Among the multitude of these companies, there are many different approaches, from private producers of satellites to space tourism, to the conquest of neighboring planets or the exploitation of asteroids. Some of these concepts, with their madness, are reminiscent of science fiction and yet, especially in view of the already successful missions of recent years, give rise to hopes of success. A Monument For Fallen Stars is a selection of reproductions of logos of companies of private space initiatives that have failed in their attempts, but whose respective stories and technologies deserve a place in the space travel history books.

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