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"Desert Sun/Desert Moon" and the SKY ART Manifesto

Elizabeth Goldring
Leonardo
Vol. 20, No. 4, 20th Anniversary Special Issue: Art of the Future: The Future of Art (1987), pp. 339-348
Published by: The MIT Press
DOI: 10.2307/1578529
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1578529
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Abstract

"Desert Sun/Desert Moon" and the SKY ART Manifesto embody environmental sky art and future sky art projections as interpreted by the SKY ART Conferences, a series of four international conferences spanning a 5-year period from 1981 to 1986. Each SKY ART Conference brought together artists as well as scientists, engineers and public officials from many countries and included exhibitions, lectures, panels, events, installations and a catalogue. These efforts constituted a determined attempt to document the emerging field of sky art and to discover and project forms of art in space. "Desert Sun/Desert Moon" was a series of temporary events and installations utilizing the temporal landscape of sky and space to evoke at the same time mythic and immaterial dimensions of that sky and space. Complementing these events, the SKY ART Manifesto is a working document drafted at the '86 SKY ART Conference. It offers artistic commitment to the future of art in space as an integral part of international exploration. The author describes "Desert Sun/Desert Moon" as it has emerged from the SKY ART Conferences and then presents the text of the SKY ART Manifesto. She comments on the importance of each regarding the practice and potential of sky art.

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