Mike Stubbs «Zero» 2001.
video, 9 minutes, filmed on a Braun super 8 film camera
Zero was recorded by Mike Stubbs who was part of a team of artists and scientists invited onto a series of parabolic flights on a Russian Military Evolution Aircraft based at the Yuri Gagarin Training Centre, Star City, Moscow, in 2000. Stubb's video celebrates the fortieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first manned trip to space, and poses the question: In an age when space tourism has become a reality what does the future hold for our new born? A first shaft of light, a splinter of an image, first movements and a sense of independence. Zero is a lyrical view on space and orbit, playing on metaphors of weightlessness, mobility, existentialism and conciousness. At what point are we aware of our own bodies, what is private and where does the external world begin?
The text comprises of writings by Net Robot, Netochka Nezvanova and poet Kevin Henderson.
Read by Yuri Gagarin and Kevin Henderson
Construction: Gina Czarnecki
Sound Design: Gerald Maire
On April 12 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, making a 108 minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft.