KOSMICA June 2012

Illustrated image of an astronaut floating in space.
Kosmica at The Arts Catalyst, programmed by Nahum Mantra

Our monthly series of social galactic gatherings bringing together those interested in sharing cultural ideas about space.

KOSMICA - the Microgravity Sessions featured speakers who have floated in the air in zero gravity. We can guarantee that all participants have undergone at least 10 parabolas in a diving aircraft! Previously a resource solely available to trainee astronauts and scientists, pioneers Kitsou Dubois and Dragan Zivadinov opened the way in the 90s to artists flying in microgravity, and following a flight by The Arts Catalyst's curator Rob La Frenais with Zivadinov in 1999, over 50 artists and scientists flew in The Arts Catalyst's microgravity campaigns in Star City, Russia.

The evening was introduced by Nicola Triscott and Rob La Frenais, director and curator of The Arts Catalyst who have both enjoyed flying in Zero G in their own special ways... which is documented  in Gravitation Off.

Kevin Fong medical doctor, researcher in Space Medicine and Extreme Environments and presenter of the BBC's To Boldly Go

Louise K. Wilson, who researched motion sickness in Star City and whose work was recently featured a Tate publication.

Lyn Hagen, who, with flight director and artist Marko Peljhan, organised the most recent artists' flight at Star City.

Support

The KOSMICA series is curated by Nahum Mantra and The Arts Catalyst, and is endorsed by ITACCUS, the International Astronautical Federation's Committee on the Cultural Utilisation of Space.

The event will be held on the first floor and there is no lift; please contact The Arts Catalyst to discuss any specific access needs.

The KOSMICA series is curated by Nahum Mantra and The Arts Catalyst, and is endorsed by ITACCUS, the International Astronautical Federation's Committee on the Cultural Utilisation of Space.

Speakers' websites

Louise K Wilson

Flow Motion (Edward George and Anna Piva)

Lyn Hagen

Kevin Fong