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Memory of today, Memory of the Future

Collective N.E.T.

Memory of today, Memory of the Future

2022

special film on rocket fairing

status:

Decayed

EUMETSAT, Arianespace and African Artists for Development got together to create the first African work of art to be launched into space.

Arianespace
EUMETSAT
African Space Art Project
African Artists for Development

In a first, the artists Géraldine Tobé, Michel Ekeba and Jean David Nkot , who can be considered as African ambassadors in space, have produced a work of art that was be launched into space. Their original art work was reproduced onto the nose cone of the Ariane 5 launch vehicle, which transported the first of the next-generation Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) Earth observation satellites into space.


The spacecraft, called MTG-Imager1 (or MTG-I1), flew 36000km above Africa and sent regular and frequent images of the continent to inform weather forecasters and scientists.


The artwork is not just a series of elements placed side by side: they are mixed in order to create a unified message about sustainability, but also about the importance of collaboration and harmony.

The central character is a woman depicted three times in different positions by Géraldine Tobe. Her work represents the rural part of the African population that is extensive, continues to suffer, and will experience increasing hardships because of climate change. As Africa has many challenges to overcome, sending satellite in space might not be seen as a priority. However, the information brought back by the MTG satellites will be crucial to support their development. There is a very important need for more outreach and education towards these rural populations.

Surrounding these three women, Jean-Daniel Nkot painted a dotted cartography representing Africa using six colours to depict the six climatic regions in the continent. Lastly, Michel Ekeba created astronauts made of electronic waste, a reference to the 1960s Zambian Space Programme, in order to bring attention to the vast amount of non-recyclable electronic waste that pervades the environment in his country, the Congo RDC.

Technical information

artist

Collective N.E.T.

title

Memory of today, Memory of the Future

date

2022

this work is part of the following collection

none

medium

special film on rocket fairing

dimensions

genre

Print, Graphic Design

IAAA art style

Launch

launch date

13 Dec 2022

launch  vehicle

Ariane 5 / MTG-I1

Orbit

host 

location

launch location

Guiana Space Centre

Return

return date

return vehicle

status

Decayed

launch vehicle COSPAR id

2022-170E

partners

Arianespace
EUMETSAT
African Space Art Project
African Artists for Development

Artist

Collective N.E.T.

Artist collective

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon

Collection

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