The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite
The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite is the most comprehensive survey ever assembled about a leading scientific and space exploration organization. For the first time in its history, The European Space Agency (ESA) granted a visual artist exclusive and unparalleled access to all of its facilities, staff, programs, technology, and private-aerospace industry partners. The project looks to critically engage with the ESA and its partners’ programs, whilst also reflecting on the new politics of space exploration and the impact of this kind of technological application on our social consciousness.
Martins travelled and documented 15 separate facilities worldwide, including the UK, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Kazakhstan, and French Guiana. These locations ranged from test centres, robotics departments, jet propulsion laboratories, space simulators, launch sites and platforms, astronaut training centres and training modules, satellites and technological components, payload/launcher assembly and integration rooms.