Ways of Seeing Outer Space

To date no more than 550 humans have entered space, yet most of the world’s population can confidently describe Mars. This marks a standpoint in photography’s history as the universe has been created through the camera’s black hole.

The Space Aperture Institute (S.A.I.) addresses topics regarding outer space which are in need of public attention. Space is currently a niche area of scientific research and critique, yet space is the place that humanity is now expanding into and currently only a handful of the global population are creating that future.

While we are giddy with oversaturated images of space, talk of space tourism and the prospect of colonising mars, corporations are situating themselves in a very powerful place with technology, investment and self-appointed authority to have a monopoly over not only who can go to space but to the resources that will imminently be mined from space.

The first publication from the S.A.I., Ways of Seeing Outer Space, brings together approaches from academia, popular culture and media in order to map the ways in which space has been visualised and operationalised in contemporary culture. It is a call to arms to encourage the production of new narratives that can generate a collective, open sourced future for space and a global public.


Plant Specimen, Planet Earth. Speculative Image S.A.I.