Globally acclaimed digital artist, Refik Anadol, has created a series of astonishing art pieces, based on data from experiments on the crew of the recent Inspiration4 space flight.
This groundbreaking work is a collaboration with creative agency //CreativeWorkStudios. and the NASA-funded Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH), who partnered with the Inspiration4 flight on SpaceX Dragon – the world’s first all-civilian mission into orbit – to perform a series of experiments to discover what effects space has on the human body.
Turkish-American Refik Anadol has interpreted TRISH’s data, in addition to other information, such as vehicle data and audio/visual recordings from the flight, as the basis for a series of limited edition Non-Fungible Token (NFT) art pieces, which will be available to purchase, in partnership with Manifold Studio, from April 10.
A partner of NASA’s Human Research Program, TRISH funds research into the impact the very different conditions found in space have on everything from astronauts’ cells to their skeletons.
Its goal is to help reduce health and other risks so people can live longer in space and venture deeper into the universe – even setting foot on Mars.
It also helps provide information that can be used to develop solutions to common medical and human-performance issues on earth.
An impressive 30 per cent of all NFT sales will be donated to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in the USA, which has a particular focus on cancer.
Inspiration4 crew member Hayley Arceneaux is a childhood cancer survivor and is now a St Jude physician assistant.
“This important collaboration, funded by the Benge-Hury Family Foundation and the Baylor College of Medicine, is transforming space health research into inspirational and accessible art,” explained James Hury, TRISH’s deputy director and chief innovation officer.
J.Harry Edmiston, founder and director of NFT agency //CreativeWorkStudios., which has conceived and coordinated the project, said: “We’re thrilled to witness this first-of-its-kind interaction between art and science, as we push ourselves beyond the normal spheres of human experience and past new frontiers. Refik’s interpretation of these space-flight datasets will challenge what it means to be human and demonstrate that we are in a new era of space research that will benefit all mankind.”
The international artist himself added: “Art should be for anyone, of any age and any background.”
Refik continued: “My way to do that is to use collective memories, and Inspiration4 is a memory for humanity. As a media artist and data artist, it’s been a long-time dream to work with space data. My studio is deeply honored.”
The artworks are available for sale to the public from April 10.
People can pre-register their interest and get updates by visiting creativeworkstudios.com/refikanadol.
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