This work follows on from the Earth Day, and is inspired for the Space Day, on Friday 6th May, and later the World Space Week, from 4th to 10th October, 2016, to raise awareness of Space related issues.
The Artist has been following some of the events of Tim Peake (the first UK astronaut to be stationed on the International Space Station in Space). The work consists of many elements.
Firstly, inspired by a recent news article in which Tim Peake was undertaking an experiment to remotely control from Space, a robot that is on Earth in the UK, for the purposed future mission to Mars. (see link below).
Secondly, the Artist has replaced the robot, with an icon figure of Sir Stephen Hawkins (of Cambridge University, UK), whom is wheel-chair bound, and uses a computer to control his speech, and is well known lecturer in the subject matter of Astro-Physics, such as the book ‘A Brief History of Time’ and more recently in the film ‘The Story of Everything’
Thirdly, the Sir Stephen Hawkins is positioned on a Mars bars wrapper, with title ‘New Mars Planets’, written on it, referring to Mars, the Planet. The Mars bar wrapper is flat, some people, still think that the Planets are Flat, such as Earth, Mars etc. and may fall off.
Fourthly, in previous works, the Artist has used a series of repetitive Steel Cans, but changes the Labels of them to iconic characters such as Tom & Jerry. He has changed the Can to that of a Spray Can, such that his referring to the Can shape of the International Space Station, or Space Shuttle, with spray coming out. The Spray is used as method of compulsion, to move the Shuttle forward in Space.
Fively, the text ‘Ok, Computer?’ refers to Radioheads Album of the same name, suggesting that radio waves via music are controlling the computer on Sir Stephens Hawkins wheelchair. Also ‘Computer says No!’ refers a saying that is used in the iconic television programme ‘Little Britain’ (UK Version) in which one of the characters refers to that the computer isn’t working and says 'No' to any questions imposed on it.
Tim Peake’s link:
Digital Print on Paper