This blog will keep you informed about the "outer space" series:
25 July, 2017
Michael participates at the 7th Moscow Biennale 2017
The 7th International Moscow Biennale 2017 is curated by Yuko Hasegawa, one of the most influential and notable curators in the international art world. The main exhibition entitled “Clouds ⇄ Forests“ is a proposition in a time of crisis that calls for the establishment of new relationships in our world. The concept puts the spotlight on artists as a creative tribe who transition, expand and dissipate from forest to cloud, rebuilding the subjectivity of spectators and demonstrating that creativity is essential to the creation of new environmental spheres.
Michael Najjar has been invited to participate at the Biennale with several large-scale artworks from his celebrated “outer space“ series. The center piece of his presentation will be a 6 meters wide triptych of his work “liquid time“.
The Moscow Biennale takes place at the Tretjakow Gallery in Moscow from 18 September 2017 - 18 January 2018.
Panel discussion on occasion of the exhibition “Planetary Echoes“
The panel discussion “Exploring the implications of human settlement in space“ was held on the 5th of May 2017 at Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation, Berlin.
Today the technology to reach nearby planets is possible. Even though many long-term technical challenges still need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, selfsustaining human presence on another planet, imagining humans as a multi planetary species is not a mere fantasy anymore. Against this backdrop and on occasion of the exhibition “Planetary Echoes“ at Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung, Berlin, the interdisciplinary panel discussion addressed the imagination of future habitats on other planets and moons in the arts, fiction and science at the beginning of the 21st century. It thereby attempted to interweave the discourse into the very fabric of society today, and aimed at connecting artistic research and the abstract theoretic sciences on an international level.
Nelly Ben Hayoun
Experience designer. Head of Nelly Ben Hayoun Studio, London
Embraces multidisciplinary approaches, resulting in unique subversive experiences.
Assembled the International Space Orchestra (ISO) - the world first orchestra of space scientists and astronauts at NASA. www.nellyben.com
Xavier de Kestelier
Head of Design Technology and Innovation at Hassell Studio, London
Works with the European Space Agency (ESA). Explores the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar and martian habitations. www.hassellstudio.com
Sir Tim Smit
Music producer, entrepreneur, archeologist. Director of Lost Gardens of Heligan,
chief executive and co-founder of the Eden Project, Cornwall. www.edenproject.com
Curator, writer, art director in the international mediation of contemporary cultural reflexivity beyond disciplinary boundaries. www.studiolukasfeireiss.com
24 April, 2017
Video trailer of the exhibition opening "Planetary Echoes“
19 April, 2017
Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation Berlin presents Michael´s new solo exhibition "Planetary Echoes“.
The Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation presents the solo exhibition “Planetary Echoes“ by Michael Najjar. The exhibition focusses on the idea of terraforming and future human settlements in space. Michael’s photo and video compositions suggest formal and thematic similarities between our own home planet and other moons and planets in the solar system. The various levels of similarity between terrestrial and extraterrestrial environments shown in the exhibition correspond perfectly with the focus of the Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation program. The cosmic laws postulated by Ehrhardt and his contemporaries, who were inspired by German Lebensphilosophie (a philosophical tendency rejecting rationalism and emphasizing human experience), identified congruencies between the microcosm and the macrocosm - a theme that echoes in the visionary dimensions of Michael’s new artworks mostly taken during a 3 weeks travel through Iceland in February 2017.
Opening: 21 April 2017, 7 - 9 pm
Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung
Auguststr. 75 - 10117 Berlin - Germany
Exhibition dates: 22 April - 18 June 2017
Tue–Sun 11 am – 6 pm, Thurs 11 am – 9 pm
Special opening hours during Gallery Weekend:
28 April, 11 am - 21 pm
UK Business Traveller Magazine features “Space Suite“ on the cover
In its March 2017 edition UK based Business Traveller - the world leading magazine for frequent corporate traveller - features Michael Najjar´s “Space Suite“ on the cover. In October 2015 Michael Najjar unveiled the world´s first futuristic “Space Suite“ at the Kameha Grand Zurich, Switzerland. He has created a truly out-of-this-world experience - an entire futuristic space station housed in a new hotel building. The basic idea underpinning the Space Suite is to create an immersive environment which makes hotel guests - or crew members - feel like they’re living on an actual space station. The “Space Suite“ was created by Michale Najjar in 2015 for the Kameha Grand Zurich Hotel, nominated and shortlisted in 2016 for the European Hotel Design Award for the best new Hotel Suite in Europe.