Art in Space: Rakia’s Art Project
Leading Israeli artists have been invited to create new groundbreaking forms, activities and thoughts about the essence of humanity.
Udi Edelman, Art Project Curator
Udi Edelman is the Director and Chief Curator of CDA Holon (Center for digital art). The Founder Director of the Institute for Public Presence and Chief Editor of Maarav – art and culture journal. Among the exhibitions and projects he curated are “Histories”(2013) on ‘historically interventional art’; “State<Chronicle”(2013-2014) history in public squares; HeLa: Formations of Human Existence”(2014) about the post-human condition; “Akcja PRL”(2015) performance festival of public action, Warsaw; “Monument/Action” trilogy (2016-2018); “What are monuments made of”(2017), 11th Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania; “Murals” (2019-) exhibition and on-going public art project and “Atlas of Mediterranean Liquidity” (2020-) regarding water issues around the Mediterranean.
His research and work often deal with history in art, action and performance in the public sphere, critics of technology, artistic research, and cooperation between academic thought and artistic practices.
Udi Edelman, Exhibition Curator
Hadas Gur Arie, Art Project Coordinator
Hadas is the curator of the artist Ludwig Bloom's collection. Holds a bachelor's degree in general history and art history from Tel Aviv University. And a master's degree in art history from the Hebrew University.
In her research work she examined works in which the artist Henri Rousseau paints children. The thesis based on a variety of studies in the fields of art history, history and sociology, alongside essays written in the second half of the 19th century.
In April 2022, the Rakia mission was launched into space with Israel’s second astronaut on board and the first to go to the International Space Station - Eytan Stibbe. As part of the mission, aside from scientific and educational tasks, a series of new works of art were exhibited in a condition of microgravity.
Art, in all its forms, has accompanied the journey into outer space from the very start, creating new possibilities for reflection on the essence of humanity. Art, created for space missions, beyond Earth and relative to Space, stimulates the imagination and ideas that are ahead of their time. Art leads the fantasy of space travel and opportunities it holds for mankind. It is an opportunity to contemplate the unknown, pose challenges for scientists and study humankind in a new light.
The Rakia’s art project created thought provoking activities about the essence of humanity. The Art Mission took place through partnership with the Center for Digital Art – Holon and the Mifal HaPais Council for the Culture and Art. In it, 15 selected artists created ideas for works that were later developed at the Space Station, over the communication medium, with an earthbound perspective of the journey. The artists were supported by Udi Edelman, project curator and advisory board member. All activities and works were prepared in the Space Station, on Earth and in the media space.
The artists have based their works on topics including: the non-human dimensions - the astronomical, the molecular, the virtual; the human body in space; psychology of the stay in space; sound and communication in the Space Station; linkages to the scientific and educational missions and their expansion.
A Sound Guide to the International Space Station
A sound art work that will be collected from several sources and will form a sound documentation of the life at the ISS.
Correspondence - A Visual Journey Diary
A unique travelogue in which Eytan is going to share his thoughts with the artist, and which will form the basis for illustrations, which will be collected inside it.
Dialog at 8 km per second
A series of personal interviews which examine the tension that exists between the astronaut himself and in contrast to society’s expectation from the image of his role.
Earth Signal Universe Wide
Yanai Toister and Nimrod Astarhan
A sculpture of radio waves, which will be broadcast from Earth to the ISS and into space, creating a new form of art.
A staged photograph of Lod football team that echoes the unique and inspiring human mosaic that also exists at the ISS and is an example of team cohesion that strives for a common victory.
Liat Segal and Yasmine Meroz
A sculpture that will be assembled in the ISS and will have its three-dimensional structure, due to the conditions of non-gravity.
A collective of graduate artists from the Sapir College of Art
Eytan will be at the ISS in a state of micro-gravity, the artists on earth are planted in the ground and in tradition. Want to show a video that talks about the desire for "micro gravity".
The mission is being carried out together with the Center for Digital Art in Holon. Some of the artists are supported by the Mifal HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts.