Thursday, May 26, 2016

Week 9: Space and Art

In this weeks lectures we learned about space and art, but this topic embodies many science related themes that we have learned about throughout this quarter. Space is a terrific piece to use for art because of its endlessness. We have only explored a small portion of the solar system since Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in 1969 yet there is still so much more left to discover. The video "Powers of Ten" that we viewed in lecture is very eye opening about how much there is out there we don't know about.
Many movies have ventured into the realm of what is possible in outer space; for example the Star Wars movies are an example of movies that artistically captures all the possibilities that space and technology have to offer. In a very possible future, there is travel between galaxies and planets in a matter of moments on their starships. In comparison to a spaceship which currently takes three days to travel 240,000 km, they are very fast.
Another technological advancement seen in Star Wars that is currently being worked on is droids/robots. In the movies they are many machines that are referred to as droids. Many know them as "R2-D2" or "C3P0" and these bots help the protagonists as well as the antagonist pursue daily tasks, specifically in doing jobs that were either to menial or dangerous for humans. This is similar to our lesson on robotics where we learned about what the possibilities in the future are like. Star Wars looked into these possibilities and found a way to incorporate them long before we have made the current progress.

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Vesna, Victoria. "Space + Art." Lecture Part 4. Online, Los Angeles. 25 May 2016. Lecture.

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  2. I enjoyed reading your blog about how intriguing and popular the idea of outer space has become. It's interesting to think about how many films and tv shows have been made utilizing the mystery that space is. Not only is the idea of space exploration a topic for sci-fi television, but it has become a very widely exploited--publicly and privately-- opportunity to understand what surrounds our solar system.

  3. I like the way you combined robotics and space in the concept of the droids from Star Wars. I never thought about it before, but Star Wars encapsulates a lot of the topics we've covered this quarter.