After years of being screened privately, the film ART4SPACE by Invader is now available to the public in its entirety (see video below). The piece documents the incredible journey of the artists obsession to send one of his art pieces to space and bring back the footage.
In 2012, Invader visited Miami for the second time, expanding his invasion of the city. He added 44 new mosaics to the 28 previously placed in 2010, bringing the total number of Miami invaders to 72. Concurrent to the invasion of the city, the artist reached new territory with the project Art4Space. After fifteen years of spreading mosaics around the globe, his work made its first suborbital sojourn on August 20th, 2012, when he launched the mosaic Space-One from the Space Coast of Florida in a device he created using his own resources. Equipped with a camera, the balloon traveled across the atmosphere into the stratosphere, reaching its peak at 21 miles (35 km) before descending, returning the world’s first astronautic artwork back to Earth along with video and photographic documentation of its journey.
In conjunction with both projects, an exhibition at PULSE-Miami presented by Jonathan LeVine Gallery highlighted a selection of those Miami aliases (single clones of pieces placed throughout the city) and featured a projection of Art4Space. The installation included the original Space-One mosaic and the low-tech device that enabled its ascension, as well as a series of 20 special copies of Mission Miami with mosaic covers.