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JANINE KRENCH

SOJOURN OF FUTURE PAST

Senior Project APRIL 2016

Over fifty years ago, on May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave a historic speech before a joint session at congress that set the United States on a course to the moon. Kennedy called for an ambitious space exploration program that included not just missions to put astronauts on the moon, but also a Rover nuclear rocket, weather satellites and soon to also put people in space. Unfortunately shorty after Kennedy’s famous speech he was assassinated in 1963, and he never lived to see his dream come to fruition.  But what if Kennedy had lived? What if the dream of 1955-1969 came true and we moved not only American’s, but also the world to the moon, other planets, other solar systems? How would the world react in space? Would there still be a Cold War going on, and fear of communism, or would the world start over?


In Kennedy’s eyes all of this was possible with the American spirit, it was the ultimate American dream. I was curious what this ideal space future would look like. I know the cliché dreams of hover crafts and super smart technology, but all of those fantasies happened on Earth, I feel like no one ever developed what the future would look like if the space exploration program truly took off.


For my project I wanted to explore other planets, dimensions, and futures from the perspective of an American woman living in the time period of 1954-1969. In this time period the Dream was the ‘white-male’ dream, women were basically servants, maids, and homemakers, there were no minorities in this dream, or powerful women. I want the idea of living in space, the ultimate frontier to be as endearing and a part of the American Dream, and to do that I want to strike the emotional appeal of families in this time period to believe living in space is the way to go.


Materials

I used found images in multiple LIFE magazines, old postcards, records, biography books, awesome flea market finds, and a few images found online.