Do the stars gaze back? emphasizes the way in which, over the centuries, part of the artistic creation has focused on the observable, being possible to highlight a great number of works that approach, directly or indirectly, the night sky. Although celestial objects are familiar to us, the associated phenomena are complex. Do the stars gaze back? assumes that art can be a powerful assistant in its understanding.
The project creates a bridge between art and astronomy through an archive of works with origins in painting, literature, music and cinema. It links these works to milestone events in the history of astronomy and space exploration that happened in December. As a journal, it consists of a 31-publication-archive, which addresses each topic autonomously.
A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really... “Do the stars gaze back?” Now, that’s a question. (Neil Gaiman, Stardust, 1999)