We spoke to Anathema frontman Vincent Cavanagh on the inspiration behind the band’s very special forthcoming Space Rocks London set, The Space Between Us…


What can people can look forward to with The Space Between Us?

For this special event, we’re working in collaboration with visual artist Kristina Pulejkova and the European Space Agency’s video archives to create a unique 90 minute video presentation. It explores the parallels that intersect between humanity, life on earth, space exploration, science and technology.


What is the meaning behind the title?

‘The Space Between Us’ can be interpreted in a number of ways – first of all in reference to Anathema’s music and lyrics. It’s a reminder of the interconnectedness of humanity, honouring the space between us, but not exacerbating it. Inner space – as much as outer space – forms the boundaries of exploration.

In another sense, I see more than ever the divisions in our political establishments and wider society with regard to the climate emergency vs profits from fossil fuels. The fact that these divisions are now more than ever aligned with left/right political allegiances. The fact that our humanity and our society is more divided than ever.

Also, somewhat ironically, what is arguably one of the major technological phenomena of our age – social media (the idea of which was to bring people together) – has actually intensified division. ‘The Space Between Us’ should be a reminder that we have all been pitted against each other in order to create destabilisation, chaos and division. It should remind us that from a universal perspective, we are one species with so much more in common than we are led to believe. That we need to come together to face the biggest challenges mankind will ever have faced. We need to reassess the humanity within ourselves and recognise the humanity within each other.


How do you feel about collaborating with Space Rocks and the European Space Agency?

Really honoured, excited and eager to see what we can do together. Also working with the very talented visual artist Kristina Pulejkova is a perfect fit for this project. Her work is really beautiful, visually striking, and unique. The conversations I’ve had with Kristina, Alexander from Space Rocks and Mark McCaughrean and Matt Taylor from ESA have been hugely inspiring.


What are your feelings about space science and exploration?

I believe the more we seek to understand the universe, the more we will understand ourselves.

I’m less interested in solar system colonialism than I am in confronting the challenges facing our own planet. In that respect, working with ESA is a real honour, just look at the data and research they produce at the ESA Climate Change Initiative.

But as a lifelong and proud space geek one particular story has always inspired me. I’ll never forget Apollo astronaut Captain Jim Lovell when recounting his story of the Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission: “As we kept going, suddenly on the lunar horizon, coming up, was Earth.”

He remembers the vivid contrast between the lifeless moon and the vibrant earth.

“The moon is nothing but shades of grey and darkness. But the earth, you could see the deep blues of the seas, the whites of the clouds, the salmon pink and brown of the land masses. At one point I sighted the earth with my thumb, and my thumb from that distance fitted over the entire planet. I realised how insignificant we all are if everything I’d ever known is behind my thumb. But at that moment I don’t think the three of us understood the lasting significance of what we were looking at. When you see Earth from the moon, you realise how fragile it is and just how limited the resources are. We’re all astronauts on this spaceship Earth – about six or seven billion of us – and we have to work and live together.”


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