The vastness and mystery of the universe, transcending time and space, is a theme that has existed since antiquity, and has been represented by ancient monuments, religious sites, Japanese tea-rooms and gardens, and the like. The other theme in space art has been experimented with mainly in western Europe since the latter half of the 20th century: art that will unfold in space (zero gravity). This presentation will consider Osaka's artistic experiments in this field, and the potential of art as a basis of a new culture in the space age.
Less Remote was a two day symposium organised by Flis Holland and The Arts Catalyst at the International Astronautical Congress, where artists, thinkers and writers met to discuss the future of space exploration. The symposium aimed to foster a dialogue and exchange between the cultural and space communities.