250 x172 cm
250 x172 cm
250 x172 cm
Property of the artist
Curator Toomas Altnurm
Space exploration and space travel are concomitant with capturing images,
as images are the raw data for much space-oriented scientific research.
The many missions led by the European Space Agency and NASA’s
Spitzer, Hubble and soon James Webb Space telescopes have led to the
establishment of a scientific gaze, undisputed in terms of validity.
Although images from space telescopes have helped us determine the age
of the universe, the identity of quasars, and the existence of dark energy,
our gaze and our reach into the infinite is a work-in-progress deemed to
be tackled in the present and not in the future, due to overpopulation and
the fast- evolving resources’ exhaustion of our planet Earth.
These images bring the once imagined space aged closer and closer to
our every day lives. The Future is Now. The Space Age is now and it is
powered by encroachments in space travel and in artificial intelligence
(i.e. singularity, strong AI).
Within this context, the project, The Future is Now, thrives. And from this
context, it derives its importance, as it urges discourse and action in the present.
It has been materialized by the production of high quality photo based
stills and an audiovisual installation in order to draw connections to
narratives around the so-called ‘Space Age’ and current space exploration
and space travel efforts opening a discussion between opposing points of
view on an ideology, which advocates the escape of humanity from Planet
Earth in exchange for new stars and solar systems.
These discourses have fueled my incentive to depict outer space as
both a point of departure and a to-be-reached destination. Also to
contribute my own renderings of the cosmos and communicate new
ways of representing space exploration and space travel. Mixed technique
photo-based processes have been used in the realization of the portfolio
including: direct computational photography, light painting, graphic
interface editing animation video editing and postproduction.
Yiannis Galanopoulos has been a visual artist for the past sixteen
years. He has participated in numerous solo and group international
art exhibitions in Europe, UAE, the USA and Japan. His work has
been acquired by private and public collections. He has a BFA in
Photography and Audiovisual Arts from the Technological Institute
of Athens, a Master of Arts degree in Humanities from Old Dominion
University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Studies from
Norfolk State University. He holds a lecturer’s position at United
Arab Emirates University and server as the coordinator of the Fine
Arts Minor, while retaining an ongoing exhibition, research and
university service records. He is currently Ph.D. candidate at RMIT
Art represents for me, a highly creative, never ending mind game,
where novelties are created under flexible rules and flexible
objectives. Success, or failure, within that context of flexibility, is less
important than the process itself. I value the sense of satisfaction
from that process as an end in itself, and its final product, the artwork,
as a generator for such an end. On the whole, I consider artistic
creation, as an applied expression of self-fulfillment and freedom
to play. Although creation is a process in flux, I have identified the
core drives of my bodies of work. These are the “anticipation of a
discovery” and the need for “experimental versioning“.