Tom Sachs: [Another tip] Avoid camera movement. Film Courage: Especially with a DSLR like a T2i?Tom Sachs: Any camera, whether it’s a DSLR or a red or any camera. Camera movement is a privilege. It’s not a right. It’s an indulgence…you should do as little work as you can…an idea shouldn’t be anymore…Einstein said this….and [pauses to think] I’m going to screw this up…everything should be as simple as possible but no more so. In other words, use a tracking shot. Zoom in, but only to an effect or a better example may be omit unnecessary words [referring to Authors Strunk and White]. A sculpture should be as small as it can be to communicate the idea. That might mean it needs to be the size of a building in some cases but it could fit in the palm of your hand. Everything else is just hubris and ego.
In A Space Program, internationally acclaimed artist Tom Sachs takes us on an intricately handmade journey to the red planet, providing audiences with an intimate, first person look into his studio and methods. The film is both a piece of art in its own right and a recording of Sachs’ historic piece, Space Program 2.0: MARS, which opened at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2012.
For Space Program 2.0: MARS, Tom and his team built an entire space program from scratch. They were guided by the philosophy of bricolage: creating and constructing from available yet limited resources. They ultimately sent two female astronauts to Mars in search of the answer to humankind’s ultimate question… are we alone?
Directed by Van Neistat, A Space Program is a captivating introduction to Sachs’ work for the uninitiated, and required viewing for his longtime fans.