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Impossible Object

Liat Segal

Impossible Object

2022

Brass tubes, water

+/- 10 x 20 cm

status:

Unknown

‘Impossible Object’ is a sculpture made of liquid water. The liquid’s three-dimensional form does not get its shape from any vessel and as such cannot exist on earth, but only in Outer Space in the absence of gravity.

Center for Digital Art Holon
Rakia Mission

‘Impossible Object’ is a sculpture made of liquid water. The liquid’s three-dimensional form does not get its shape from any vessel and as such cannot exist on earth, but only in Outer Space in the absence of gravity. The sculpture is built as a composition of brass rods and tubes, through which water flows. With no gravitation to direct the water downwards, the water adheres to the sculpture’s metal structure, forming a dynamic three-dimensional liquid composition, shaped by water’s surface tension forces and its tendency to cling to structures due to adhesion forces.


The sculpture’s composition of rods and tubes resembles a wavy staircase that has no directionality. The work questions shape and form. In the absence of gravitation, what is the shape of a piece of sea or a handful of a wave?


‘Impossible Object’ was activated and documented on the International Space Station (ISS) by astronaut Eitan Stibe during mission AX-1, April 2022, as part of Rakia Art Mission. Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1) was the first private astronaut mission on the ISS.


As space tourism becomes tangible and no longer focuses solely on technological and scientific goals, Segal and Meroz reflect on the place of culture and arts in our lives, on Earth and beyond.


‘Impossible Object’ is a research-based artwork, where micro-gravity physics is the medium.



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Artists: Liat Segal, Yasmine Meroz


The work ‘Impossible Object’ was supported by:


Mifal Hapais

Asylum Arts

European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program (GrowBot)

The George S. Wise Faculty of Life Science, Tel Aviv University


Videos and images onboard the ISS were taken by Eitan Stibbe, as part of Rakia Art Mission (Ramon Foundation). Rakia Art Mission curator: Udi Edelman.

Technical information

artist

Liat Segal

title

Impossible Object

date

2022

this work is part of the following collection

Rakia Art Project

medium

Brass tubes, water

dimensions

+/- 10 x 20 cm

genre

Sculpture

IAAA art style

Launch

launch date

8 Apr 2022

launch  vehicle

Axiom Mission 1

Orbit

host 

Crew Dragon Endeavour

location

International Space Station (ISS)

launch location

Kennedy Space Center

Return

return date

return vehicle

status

Unknown

launch vehicle COSPAR id

2022-037A

partners

Center for Digital Art Holon
Rakia Mission

Artist

Liat Segal

contemporary media artist

Israel

Collection

Rakia Art Project

2022

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