Michael Najjar’s Outer Space work series deals with the latest developments in space flight and how they shape our future.
Space flight is going through an interesting paradigm shift by the emerging sector of commercial travel. With more and more people eager to get out into space, attempting to penetrate the reaches of this complex universe, a sense of curiosity is very much present in society.
Who are we and where do we come from? As we aim to widen the frontiers that once seemed foreign to us, we can journey through the artist’s own experience in space flight while reflecting on an important past for space missions and technological developments. Najjar’s images each have their own important themes and historical importance. For instance, the final mission of the American Space Shuttle program, which marks the beginning of a new era in space travel and the linkages between space, gravity and the human body seen via a floating astronaut.
Outer Space also questions the relationship between real world and fabricated reality raising fundamental questions about the relationship between man and machine, human and technology.
Written by Jade Moyano
The a.l.m.a. (2014) pictures the largest astronomical observatory on our planet, located in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.
sands of mars (2014)
kinetic drift (2014)
Deprived of a stable gravitational reference point, astronauts experience arbitrary and unexpected changes in their sense of verticality. Perspectives that are thoroughly familiar when viewed from one point may become unfamiliar when viewed from a different up-down point of reference.
final mission (2011)
gravitational entanglement (2014)
“Gravitational Entaglement” depicts the inevitable collision between our own Milky Way and our closest neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M31NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope observations indicate that the two galaxies, pulled together by mutual force of attraction, will crash in a near head-on collision in about 4.5 billion years from now.