Satoshi Takamatsu “Failure”

Space Films Gallery

poster for Satoshi Takamatsu “Failure”

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Satoshi Takamatsu successfully produced the world’s first commercial shot in outer space, specifically in the Russian Module of the International Space Station (ISS). He enrolled in the Russian cosmonaut training program at the “Star City” training center near Moscow, and the filming was carried out by Russian cosmonauts on the ISS in communication with Takamatsu at the mission control center.

After this, Takamatsu and the people of Russia deepened their relationship through the space program, and he decided to undergo cosmonaut training at “Star City” in preparation for a stay on the ISS, a first for a Japanese civilian. He began 800 hours of training over eight months as a backup crew member for British singer Sarah Brightman’s planned orbital spaceflight mission. However, in May 2015 Ms. Brightman suddenly announced the suspension of her training and her withdrawal from the mission. This unprecedented event meant that Takamatsu lost the partner for whom he was to serve as backup, and he was removed from the official crew. Takamatsu nonetheless completed the training program, passed all the tests, and participated in the graduation ceremony, but having lost his status as a backup crew member, he received a diploma that did not certify him as a cosmonaut.

His dream of earning official Russian accreditation as a cosmonaut was derailed by unforeseen circumstances, but Takamatsu found a new dream during his sojourn at “Star City.” Through his interactions with astronauts and cosmonauts, Takamatsu became convinced that seeing the Earth from space would be a truly mind-altering experience. Conventional photographs and videos shot from space thus far have scarcely made a powerful impact. Takamatsu saw great significance in his mission to shoot the Earth from space with the utmost realism enabled by state-of-the-art technology, and to deliver to terrestrial viewers “the closest possible simulation of the visual experience of seeing the Earth from space.”

Takamatsu realized that for him the point was not to acquire official accreditation from any particular space agency, and that the crucial question was not what he would become but what he would accomplish. This exhibition interweaves the dream that Takamatsu lost and the new dream he found, and represents the first step of his mission to bring his camera on a journey into space.



from September 04, 2020 to September 27, 2020
Exhibition Hours: 11:00-19:00, Closed on Mondays.



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