Space Glove (Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, Star City, Russian Federation) © Edgar Martins



Forthcoming release


The Rehearsal of Space and The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite,
by Edgar Martins

The Rehearsal of Space is the most comprehensive photographic survey ever produced about a leading scientific and space exploration organisation.
In 2012, Edgar Martins was granted unparalleled access to The European Space Agency (ESA) and its partners’ programs, including the microgravity, telecommunication, human spaceflight, lunar and Mars exploration programs. Over the past two years, he has travelled to 20 locations across the UK, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Kazakhstan and French Guiana to shoot in classified facilities such as test centres, robotics departments, space simulators, laboratories, launch sites and platforms, astronaut training centres and satellite assembly rooms.
The photographs were shot using long exposures (up to one hour) and a 10x8”, large format camera. Their clean composition and hyper-real sharpness contrast greatly with the veil of secrecy and enigma that usually shrouds space-related activity. Although rarely seen by the public, the technology and facilities in The Rehearsal of Space look strangely familiar, underlining popular culture’s influence in shaping our understanding of space exploration (the artist often cites fortuitous references such as Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity or Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon).
Martins’ rigorous survey reveals the sheer scale of this global scientific endeavour, perhaps the greatest of our time. Altogether, there are over 86 photographs in the series, ranging from the macro – rockets, satellites, training modules, cleanrooms, to micro–components barely visible to the human eye. As always, his approach is both, descriptive and speculative, and it is somewhere between fact and fiction that the photographs take on their full meaning. The Rehearsal of Space documents our quest to penetrate the astrophysical reality of the universe in order to better understand time, space, and matter. In doing so, Martins highlights the wider politics of space exploration, the ever-growing role of science and technology in our society and our relationship with the unknown, whilst opening up wider questions around epistemology, metaphysics and ultimately humanity's conception of itself.


The Book & Exhibitions 

We are pleased to announce that Edgar Martins' eagerly anticipated new book The Rehearsal of Space and The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite will be released in May 2014 by La Fabrica / The Moth House.

To place an advanced order for the publication please 
click here.

The Rehearsal of Space  (ISBN 978-84-15691-68-6) is available in 24x32cm, in a hardback, clothbound edition, with 184 pp., 86 colour plates and essays by author and astrophysicist John Gribbin, CERN physicist João Seixas and curator Sérgio Mah, in both English and Spanish.

The launch of this book will be acccompanied by a worldwide touring exhibition scheduled to be shown at The Wapping Project Bankside (London, 24th April 2014), Galerie Melanie Rio (Nantes, 12th June 2014), The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, 28th June 2014), The Wolverhampton Art Gallery (UK, January 2015), amongst other galleries and museusm. This show will also be travelling to Germany, Brazil, the USA and Japan.

The Rehearsal of Space was supported by a variety of public and cultural organisations such as The Arts Council England, The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, The EDP Foundation, Instituto Camões Portugal, The Macau Cultural Institute and Faculade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Unversidade de Coimbra.

This project has a cross-sectoral approach and so it will incorporate a variety of audience driven events such as seminars, exhibitions and discussion forums, scheduled to take place at various renowned organisations between 2014 and 2108. Details of these events will be announced shortly.

For any enquiries regarding the London launch of this project please contact the artist's gallery,
The Wapping Project Banskide.


Recent press:
Print, Tv & Web

O Expresso (Portugal), 15.03.2014

Entre Imagens documentary, # 2, RTP2 (Portugal), 10.03.2014 (UK), 05.03.2014 (Italy), 04.03.2014 (USA), 11.02.2014 (USA), 07.02.2014 (USA), 02.02.2014 (USA), 02.02.2014

DAMN (The Netherlands), January 2014

G2, The Guardian (UK), 12.12.2013

The Financial Times Magazine (UK), 19.10.2013
Helmet of a SCAPE suit © Edgar Martins 2014

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