Inside Imagined Futures at Pivot Art + Culture

Inside Imagined Futures at Pivot Art + Culture

Imagined Futures celebrates the final frontier. Space has captivated hearts and minds since the beginning of time. It presents endless conquests and opportunities of discovery. If what lies beyond the clouds has ever interested you, then you’ll love Imagined Futures. This exhibit can be broken down into five sections; historic material, science fiction, fine art, artifacts and the Voyager One project. The exhibit’s curator, Ben Heywood, provided me with a detailed tour through each part. Ben hopes that although these five sections are different, they can all fuse together to give attendees an inside look into space and also invite them to conceive the inconceivable.

We begin with Wernher von Braun. He was a leader in the German rocket science program. After World War 2, he was relocated to the United States where he developed the rockets that launched America’s first satellite and lunar missions. His included works are original sketches, designs and models of rockets. These sketches are skeletons in the body of works from artists Chesley Bonestall and Fred Freeman, who are also included in the exhibit. Though none of these sketches were ever fulfilled, they were vastly important to the blueprint of space travel and highlights perfectly the idea of imagining the future of space travel.

Moving on to creative works, science fiction pieces from artists like Richard Powers, Tim White and Jim Burns explore the fantasy of space. Their amazing detail and color schemes are jaw dropping. Still shots from 2001: A Space Odyssey and original posters from Destination Moon and War of The Worlds are also included. Fine arts works include paintings from René Margritte, Max Ernst and more who capture the surrealism of space as well as the rational versus the irrational.

Out of all the artifacts included in Imagined Futures, the most fascinating is an IBM super computer that was used in the Apollo landings. This super computer is around 2ft by 5ft and capable of 16.6 million instructions per second. Today, an IPhone is capable of approximately 3.3 billion instructions per second. Technology is pretty incredible huh?

The final part is the Voyager One project. The project tracks the location of the Voyager One satellite and triangulates it with planet Earth and the Sun. The creators of the project use LED lights to signify the satellite, Earth and the Sun; Green for the satellite, blue for the Earth and red for the Sun. The three colors are displayed together in a pitch black room and blend to create one dominate color. The color has changed from pink to red to purple to blue over and over since the project’s inception. Ben made it clear that you would have to sit in the room for over a week to notice any change in color. The Voyager One project is a prime example of Imagined Futures’ goal of visualizing something that ordinarily couldn’t be seen.

This exhibit has something for everybody. Whether you are a fan of history, science fiction, fine arts, artifacts or raw data, you will enjoy yourself at Imagined Futures. I would like to thank Pivot Art & Culture and Paul G. Allen for making this possible and a tip of the hat to the amazingly knowledgeable Ben Heywood for guiding me through the exhibit. Imagined Futures will run until July 10th, 2016 and entry is only $5. Please visit www.pivotartandculture.org for more information.

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