In January 2023, Nomura's first space art project will finally be launched to the International Space Station (ISS).
PION is a device that activates in outer space, to show our inner, unknown cosmos. We consider everything that emerged from the “Big-Bang” as definitive facts. Physicality, time, memories – all based on factual experiences. By preceding time and space, PION flips these notions upside down, reflecting and pointing out the endless expansion of the universe within and throughout. By acting as our eyes, our mirroring image, PION shows us how even our most intimate, personal recollections are just part of the vast universe.
This work consists of a small 6.8cm square aluminum plate with laser etching on both sides.
The etching on the front panel symbolizes our vision towards outer space, on the back is our observation towards our inner worlds.
PION is an interactive interface that stands at the intersection of where the opposing space meets, expanding infinitely in different directions, yet reflecting its all.
The East and the West have opposing views when it comes to how they regard what “nature” stands for. The West sees nature as an exterior force, something to be conquered. On the other hand, the East regards nature as a world that lies within, to be understood spiritually. This work is a suggestion, that uniting the two notions, in space, can be a way to show how being on either side of the plate merely means that they are one and the same and together complete.
[PION Sat Project -Eyes on Us-](a.k.a PION Plate)
Laser engraved and anodized aluminum plate
68 x 68 (mm)