Astronauts see the shocking awesome relentless powerful borderless beauty of the earth, and human conflicts and achievements are invisible. Can art synthesize planetary and societal perspectives and motivate the better possible futures for life on earth? “Art is the ultimate universal communicator of complex ideas,” says Astronaut Nicole Stott.
A Portrait of Anita Hill
Anne Katrine Senstad is a Norwegian artist living in New York City since the 1990s, who has a highly acclaimed international reputation for her pioneering multi-disciplinary installations of light, video, sculpture and sound, photography, and land art. However, it is little known that in the 1990s Senstad was a portrait photographer on assignment for the New York Times Magazine and other leading publications, to photograph high visibility individuals.
Senstad’s portrait sittings often took place in her Chelsea loft studio, recorded on film with a 4x 5 large format camera. Her photographs of Anita Hill captured the spirit of the remarkable woman who had become a national figure in 1991 following her testimony for the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Clarence Thomas about sexual harassment when she worked in his law office. In a recent interview Professor Hill talked about the continuing public crisis on gender violence, racism, equality and accountability, and called on all political candidates to come up with plans to deal with it as a public health crisis. “I tend to be a hopeful person,” she said. Watch it here >
THE OVERVIEW EFFECT describes the transforming, awesome experience of astronauts seeing earth in Space
Survival of astronauts on the International Space Station who are from countries that are even in conflict, depends on their collaboration in maintaining the life support system. Survival of life on earth depends on the collaboration of all countries.
Ron Garan aboard the ISS, courtesy NASA
Art communicates the real news from a humanist perspective
John F. Simon, Jr. explains that art flows naturally from an artist’s subconscious mind where information and their experiences of the world are absorbed and interpreted.
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The arts as witness and interpreter of social issues are the best way to communicate them, and motivate reactions and solutions.
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