Category Archives: space

Living in the future

I was going to be an astronomer. This was going to involve a lot of sex.

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I was a teenage Ballardian

Rusty radio telescope, outside Cambridge

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Devils on Mars

Something of a busman’s holiday, this. But I think this might be my favourite astronomy pic ever.
Dust devil trails on Mars

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The production designer and the egg

The FT recites the commonplace observation that curvaceous, minimalist 1960s commercial designs look “space-age”, as if inspired by 1960s SF films, principally 2001: A Space Odyssey:

Furniture inside the space station in 2001: A Space Odyssey

which might indeed stand comparison with, say, Maurice Calka’s PDG Desk:

Maurice Calka's PDG Desk

The writer, Josh Sims, says there’s a similar “stripped back, wipe-down, germ-free” vision of the future in Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris. I think he might want to refresh his memory of this film:

Kris Kelvin in the rocket bay on the Solaris station

Gibarian's video message to Kelvin in Solaris

But more generally I think he’s missing the point I made rather eloquently in my last post. Isn’t it more likely that, rather than furniture designers looking at film designers, they were all looking at the slightly older generation of modernist sculptors?

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Barbara Hepworth in space

Barbara Hepworth 1
Barbara Hepworth 2
Discovery spacecraft from 2001: A Space Odyssey
Barbara Hepworth 3
EVA pod from 2001: A Space Odyssey
Barbara Hepworth 4
Death Star from Star Wars

Barbara Hepworth, unknown and Icon (1957); Discovery One spacecraft from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); Barbara Hepworth, Oval Sculpture (No. 2) (1943); EVA pod from 2001; Barbara Hepworth, Spring (1966); Death Star from Star Wars (1977).

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Moon mug

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