Asking Cosmic Questions
Over the years, Keats has launched a number of space-art projects to probe these and other vital queries. Here's a look at his space-themed works, from a celestial observatory for microbes to an attempt to goad God into creating more universes.
A Celestial Observatory for Microbes
One of the Academy's projects is a celestial observatory. Cyanobacteria are exposed to images taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, allowing the photosynthesizing microbes to detect patterns of starlight — and perhaps make some important discoveries.
Humanity will likely never know what, if anything, the cyanobacteria find out. But that doesn't concern Keats. "What matters is that the universe is understood, not that the knowledge belongs to any one of us," he said.
Pushing for a 'Copernican Revolution' in the Arts
Among the manifesto's tenets: Paintings should be beige, the average color of the universe; sculpture should be gaseous, matter's predominant state; and literature's narrative arc should be inconclusive, like that of the universe.
Copernican Paintings and Sculpture
The Local Air & Space Administration
Anyone willing to plunk down $45 could buy a bottle and incorporate some Martian essence into his or her body. LASA also hawked bottled moon essence for $30 and stellar water — made with carbonaceous chondrites containing bits of nanodiamond likely forged in the cores of faraway stars — for $60.
LASA's Alien Plants
Pornography for God
Keats explained that the project was an attempt to prod God into creating more universes, since ours is ultimately doomed.
Creating New Universes
Above is an early prototype of Keats' "universe generator."
DIY Universe Kits
A Monument to Science
Windows of the Atheon
Devising New Miracles
Extra-Dimensional Real Estate
Keats played off this idea in 2006, embarking on a project that sought to buy and sell properties in these "extra" dimensions. Above is the blueprint for Keats' "tesseract house," which he marketed as a possible vacation home.
The First Intergalactic Art Exposition
In a 2006 project called the "First Intergalactic Art Exposition," he produced paintings based on signals picked up by the huge Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. Keats also broadcast some of his own works out into the cosmos.