Capsule, by Atanas Djonov

capsule-detail-by-atanas-djonovA ‘capsule’ resembling the spherical descent module of the Soviet spacecraft Vostok—which made the first human spaceflight in 1961—is painted to create a topographical globe. The face of Vostock’s sole cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, is projected onto one of the capsule’s windows, while at its centre stands a bonsai tree killed by a heatwave in 2004.

This work explores the juxtaposition of determination and hopelessness which characterises much of the current discourse about climate change.

Materials: recycled plastics, bonsai tree, acrylic paint, electronics, video projector, amplifier, emergency beacon, solar panels, batteries.

atanasDr. Atanas Djonov was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 1972 and moved to Sydney in 1996.

He completed a video-production course at the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sofia University, Bulgaria, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and a PhD from Art and Design (former College of Fine Arts), University of NSW, Sydney, Australia.


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