outer space v2
expedition into space
Overpopulation, climate change, dwindling resources, and bottlenecks in energy, food, and water supplies are our present-day challenges and the starting point for Michael Najjar’s (born 1966 in Landau, lives and works in Berlin) intensive artistic explorations of outer space and space travel.
His latest publication, “outer space v2”, was released on September 16, 2021, sponsored by the Wittenstein Foundation, at the WITTENSTEIN Innovation Factory. The book presents the artist’s entire series of works with extensive background information on the history of how they were created and recent developments in space exploration, as well as their influence on shaping our future life on Earth.
Impressions of the book release
“outer space v2” is the continuation of the joint activities by Michael Najjar and Dr. Manfred Wittenstein, who wrote the foreword to the publication. Outstanding visionaries and designers, such as Elon Musk and Richard Branson, were also recruited for this project. Their high-quality contributions, together with the artist’s profound presentation of the corresponding series of works, show what can unfold before our astonished eyes thanks to human curiosity, courage and creativity. Space is certainly an extraordinary area to observe, but at the same time it is also predestined to direct our gaze towards the general challenge that we as a society as a whole have to master permanently: to reconcile human needs and desires and conserve our resources for future generations.
Successfully shaping the future in this sense is a shared responsibility for all of us – business, science, politics, and society in all its breadth and diversity. We will only be able to truly succeed here if we enable critical discourse and cross-fertilization. Dialog and networking are therefore essential.
About the artist
Najjar’s practice is characterized by an experiential approach. The artist has traveled to the most important space centers on earth, exchanged ideas with numerous scientists, engineers, and astronauts, and visited space laboratories around the globe. He traveled to the Atacama Desert in Chile to photograph the world’s most powerful telescopes high up in the Andes. In China, he photographed the world’s largest radio telescope, hidden from the public eye deep in the mountains and forests. In Iceland, he explored the phenomenon of terraforming by climbing down into glacial caves. He gained access to CERN in Switzerland, the largest particle accelerator in the world. In his large-scale and futuristic photographic and video works, he shows groundbreaking technologies and places that usually remain closed to the public eye. The boundaries between the utopian and the dystopian world are often fluid and maybe very deliberately left to the viewer’s judgment.