Art in Space

Ihor Podolchak, Ihor Dyurych

1993 | Lviv | video documentation

Time: November 1992 - January 1993


Place: Russian spaceship «Myr»

The goal of the project is to question the contemporary understanding of the environment of art and to create a new and concrete analogy to Zen-Buddhist subjects for meditation, which direct actuality to the fundamental questions related to being.

The project realizes itself in Space where the art object is exhibited beyond an essential cultural context, in terms of an exhibition, a viewer etc. Within this environment, there is no gravity, and therefore, the object is, in essence, liberated to move freely and to, consequently, become alive.

The project takes place in diametrically opposite conditions in space - one involving the human interaction within a hermetically sealed environment and the other, in an open and expansive frontier involving no human element.

The project raises essential questions which are related to the cultural context in which the art object exists stripped, yet, in a global perspective. At the same time this project provides the opportunity to explore the life of the art object beyond cultural context, and to utilize the multi-dimensional expanse of effect and allusion. In this manner, it recalls traditional value and criteria and upholds the self-sufficiency of an art object.

An exhibition of two original prints by Ihor Podolchak was held on board the cosmic satellite «Myr» from November 1992 through January 1993. The project was realized with the participation and cooperation of Russian cosmonauts Serhej Avdeev and Anatoly Soloviov. The project is registered on video cassette (VHS PAL SECAM), running time is 6 minutes. .

Exhibited works:


1. Untitled, 1990. Intaglio, 10.2 x 7.5 cm. Edition 61, numbered and signed copies.

2. A Glimpse Through, 1991. Intaglio, 10 x 9 cm. Edition 61, numbered and signed copies.



Catalogue of the project «Art in Space» for Sao Paulo Biennale, 1994

Podolchak (1)
Dyurych (1)