Landscapes From Outer Space

Anna Hahoutoff


Since the beginning of our life we gravitate in an environment that will surround us from birth to death. Environment we often take for granted and if we can see it
we don’t really look at it.Though immersed in nature, the way we perceive it

shows cruel lack of concern and respect.

Pushing back our limits in science and restlessly investigating to discover foreign planets we seem more concerned about new environments than the one we live in.

Like an urge to find new places of rest, knowing ours is dying.
The idea we seem to have of aliens - a possible outer space form of life

that we know nothing about-  is defined by our own conception of life,

as if we were mentally incapable to relate to something not defined

according to us. It makes sense then to conceive their environment

with the same process of thoughts :  An environment that differs from us,

yet strangely reminds us of ours and exists in a way that we can comprehend.
With shapes, forms, colors, in a material way we understand. Perceptible yet different.
What strikes me with outer space images is how much colors differ.
Though none of these colors are unknown to us, we do not necessarily have them

in our environment in the same proportions but we can perceive them and they seem familiar to our eyes. With a chromatic palette wavering between asian etching,

Yves Tanguy’s paintings and video games, this series of landscapes

could illustrate either our post apocalyptique world or one we’re about to discover. 

The colors resonate with an idea of the future we have,

fully constituted of metallic elements.Pastel tones and faded textures suggest

agressive gas emanations, or presence of new chemicals so far unknown.

What did Earth look like millions years ago, we can’t know for sure. 

We suspect things, again, according to our -limited- knowledge

and our cartesian conception of the world.

What will Earth look like in a million year, and will it still be « there »? 

Is our vision changing or is it the things around us?
If grass started shifting to a colder green, to extremely slowly one day start looking blue, could we with a naked eye notice this change?

Or will it be normal for everybody that grass is blue by the time the color has changed? We perceive things around us and communicate with innate tools we rarely question.

We might as well all be color blind and have absolutely no idea of it.

I say yellow and you see yellow and nod. Are we sure we are both seeing yellow?
How did we for the first time agreed to determine yellow?

Would we here be questioning the authenticity of commun perception or tools of communication?  We spend most of our life nowadays behind a blue screen,

staring at artificial colors.  What if when we suddenly look up even the most organic

part of our world has merged into virtuality?

Maybe the switch has already operated without us noticing it.