Hemelliggaam (Afrikaans: Heavenly Body) or The Attempt To Be Here Now, is a visual exploration of the existential aspects of the human-environment-astronomy relationship. The project is aiming to display with a contemporary perspective the interplay between scientific astronomical activity and everyday awareness of space and is also inspired by South African Science Fiction writings. In particular reference to one of the most existential and emblematic writers, Jan Rabie with his books ‘Swart Ster oor die Karoo’ (Black Star over the Karoo, 1957), Die Groen Planeet (The Green Planet, 1961) and ‘Die Hemelblom’ (Heaven Flower), 1971. The focus of the project is on communities, landscapes and objects located in the Western and Northern Cape, South Africa, where there is a special connection with the sky.

Something archaic radiates from the local community in connection with their science and technology needs, this project is exploring this concept through looking at forms of awareness that are already active and cultivating more awareness through conversations, participation and reflection.