Picturing the Future in Outer Space at the Dawn of the Space Race. Disneys TOMORROWLAND (USA 1955–56) and ROAD TO THE STARS (USSR 1957)
Author(s): Grampp, Sven
The "Space Race" describes the race for the supremacy in space between the two superpowers, the USA and the former Soviet Union, during the Cold War. This race was lead in the 1950s and 1960s and culminated in the question which nation would be able to send its first manned mission to the moon. Sven Grampp considers the "Space Race" not by looking at images of space missions that have already taken place or are taking place right this moment, but instead by devoting himself to the explicit "future visions" that were circulating while the race to the moon was in the early stages. In his analysis he looks at the different styles of interpreting the future of East and West with two examples: Walt Disney’s TOMORROWLAND (USA 1955–1956) and ROAD TO THE STARS (USSR 1957).
Grampp, Sven (2015): Picturing the Future in Outer Space at the Dawn of the Space Race. Disneys TOMORROWLAND (USA 1955-56) and ROAD TO THE STARS (USSR 1957). Hamburg: Avinus (Repositorium Medienkulturforschung, 8)