“The work of Rä di Martino often deals with the duality between reality and fiction. The artist’s background in theatre and her passion for film emerge in her video work, which is often cinematographic in theme and experimental in nature. However, for some of her most recent works, she has switched medium from video to photography, exploring a different kind of imagery. Enticed by abandoned Hollywood sets in North Africa, di Martino’s travels in Morocco and Tunisia resulted in a profound engagement with these contemporary ruins. Ranging from basic dwellings to elaborate temples, these sets formed part of the fictional habitat of film characters, today however their ruins appear to substantiate the history of inhabitants that never existed.
Gazing at the remains of the familiar Star Wars set in her series ‘Every World is a Stage’ triggers a sense of mild discomfort, as the delusionary power of the human imagination is realised. A film that has been capable of projecting us into the distant future has ironically left behind ruins that look as ancient as any imperial palace or historical edifice. Only by coming closer, and knocking on the structures’ walls, does the onlooker realise that these walls are made of plywood and plaster. Born in Rome and residing in Turin, New York and London, di Martino’s interest in Luke Skywalker’s house, portrayed in the series ‘No More Stars (Star Wars)’, currently shown in the Tate Modern’s exhibition ‘Ruins in Reverse’, is born of the artist’s longing for a home of her own.” — Sumarrialunn
“Earth is the bright, starburst-looking flash of light at the middle of the photo, our moon the speck just down and to the left. From Saturn, our planet is hardly distinguishable as the orb we know and love.” — io9.com
“Perhaps the same could said for ourselves and those whom we love, as the distance between the two grows over time.” — Ed.
If Saturn sat in our moon’s position, what would our night sky look like? Former NASA artist Ron Miller imagines other planets nesting in the moon’s orbit.
To see the rest of Ron Miller’s planetary perspective and learn more about this project, go here for Rosie Taylor’s article.
A great big galactic Happy Mother’s Day shout-out to…Shmi Magillicutty Skywalker Lars Hett! May your days be long, and may your children bring you joy, and…uh…may your…uh… (oh, this is so awkward…)
America! America! Glenn Beck is right. Obama and his UN jackbooted stormtroopers are comin’ right now, they’re paradin’ down our main streets, and they’re gonna kick our doors in, they’re gonna take away our guns and our liberties!
Call your neighbors. Call your townsmen and townswomen. Grab your guns and your ammunition. Meet at your churches and town halls.
Do not trust your local police. Not your firemen. Not your postman. Trust no government official.
Go now! God be with us all.
Apparently, it’s them kinda stormtroopers. Never mind.