New York

Michael Joaquín Grey


The Space Age began on Friday, October 4, 1957, at 6:00 A.M., when Sputnik 1—a thermometer, radio transmitter, and battery in a 20-inch aluminum ball—left the surface of the Earth. Two replicas of Sputnik have lately appeared in New York: one was presented in 1987 to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Nassau County, Long Island, by the USSR ambassador to the U.S.; the other was exhibited by Michael Joaquin Grey in his recent exhibition. Both of the shiny, silvery models are representative metaphors, yet their values are differentiated by their relationship to the informational structures and environmental boundaries that segregate science and art. In My Sputnik, 1990, as well as in other works whose tension lies in their dual techno-scientific and esthetic identity, Grey suggests that, in order to reveal the deep structures that unite the two disciplines, we must question the ideological

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