Tom Sachs
Space Program:
Rare Earths



Hall for Contemporary Art 19 September 2021 — 10 April 2022

The Deichtorhallen Hamburg is pleased to host Tom Sachs and his team of sculptor-astronauts as they prepare to advance space exploration on their next interstellar mission, SPACE PROGRAM: RARE EARTHS. The fourth exhibition in Sachs’s Space Program series, a thirteen-year exploration of the boundaries of other worlds and human possibilities, SPACE PROGRAM: RARE EARTHS will be on display from 19 September 2021 to 10 April 2022.

Sachs will transform the impressive Hall of Contemporary Art at the Deichtorhallen, utilizing over 3,000 square meters of gallery space to create an interactive landscape featuring original sculptures and bricolage works.

Visitors will be invited to undergo an indoctrination process in which they will prove their worth through a series of tasks and questions and thus earn the right to participate in the installation as a member of Sachs’ team, witnessing iconic elements from past missions, including the Landing Excursion Module (LEM) and Mission Control, as well as new installations and a live demonstration of the program’s flight plan. Once indoctrinated, supplicants will be encouraged to submit to the Ritual of Transubstantiation.

By separating themselves from their mobile devices, they will provide vital contributions to Sachs’s study of our mental interconnectivity, addiction to technology, and successful harvest of The Abyss.

In SPACE PROGRAM: RARE EARTHS, Sachs’ astronauts head to VESTA, the brightest and closest asteroid to Earth, with one goal: to harvest the protoplanet’s rare earth minerals, needed to perpetuate Earth’s addiction to technology. Sachs and his crew have engineered all that is necessary for survival from plywood, foam core, screws, hot glue, and various other tools of their trade.

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Video A Space Program Trailer



An exhibition guide with explanatory texts by Studio Tom Sachs on the individual installations of the "Space Program" will be published and included in the admission price. Format A4, 20 p., German/English.

After the opening, a zine designed by the artist with numerous installation photographs will be published, handmade, limited and numbered, 80 pages.

Edition: NASA Chair

A limited availability of 100 Mission Control and audience NASA chairs by the American artist Tom Sachs (*1966) will shortly be exclusively available at Deichtorhallen Hamburg. The edition is available only in our museum store.

Each Hercules Series 650 folding chair was used during the space mission at the Hall of Contemporary Art that took two astronauts to the surface of 4-Vesta. Each chair is individually screen printed with NASA logo and hand labeled with a hero's name from personalities who are inspirational to Tom Sachs. Each chair has a unique serial number and signed by the artist. The chairs contain trace dust from the mission to 4-Vesta and signs of use.

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