KOSMICA Mexico 2015

KOSMICA is an international festival for earth-bound artists, space engineers, performers, astronomers, musicians and anyone interested in space

KOSMICA Mexico 2015 addressed a central theme of war and peace in space, and ethical issues facing space exploration. The program included more than 15 international guests to reflect upon these issues through workshops, performances, cinema, music and talks.

Kosmica Mexico 2015 is presented thanks to the support of: British Council México, Año Dual UK – Mexico, Fundación Telefónica, INBA / Laboratorio Arte Alameda. Associates: Arts Catalyst, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Agencia Espacial Mexicana, Cine Tonalá, Otoño en Hiroshima, Ovnibus, ITACCUS and Ambulante. Media associates: Vice – The Creators Project, El Fanzine, Pijamasurf.
 

Programme of events

Thu 17 September, 7pm – 11pm

Chris Welch (GB) – Talk
Enrique Jezik (AR) – Performance
Aleksandra Mir (SE) – Talk
Music by: Alias 616, Radiador (MX)
 
Fri 18 September, 7pm – 12am
Jon Bonfiglio (GB) – Talk
Agencia Espacial Mexicana (MX) – Round table
Louise K Wilson (GB) – Talk
Music by: Rob Anaya + guest, Dolphin Star Temple, Monairem
 
Sat 19 September, 7pm – 11pm
Lizzie Wade (EUA) – Talk
Arcángel Constantini (MX) and 220 (MX) – Performance
Miguel Ángel Fernández Delgado (MX) – Talk
Music by: Isaac Soto, Un rêve
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Holoturian

A new commission by Ariel Guzik for Edinburgh Art Festival 2015. ‘Holoturian’ is an underwater resonance instrument designed by Guzik to communicate with whales and dolphins in the deep seas.

This new work is commissioned and produced by Arts Catalyst with Edinburgh Art Festival 2015.

For the last 10 years, the artist, musician, illustrator and inventor Ariel Guzik has searched for a way to communicate with whales and dolphins. Guzik’s project has encompassed the creation of underwater instruments, expeditions to contact whales and dolphins off the coasts of Baja California, Costa Rica and Scotland, sound recordings, and numerous fantastical drawings of this cetacean civilisation and underwater ships and gardens.

Guzik’s extraordinary vision is to build a manned underwater ship – the Narcisa - with the intention of enabling encounters between humans and cetaceans as inhabitants of parallel civilisations, free from hierarchies or intentions of domination or subordination, and devoid of utilitarian or practical research interests.

Commissioned by Arts Catalyst and Edinburgh Art Festival 2015, his new project brings the artist closer to his goal. For this show, his first exhibition in the UK, Guzik is constructing a beautiful capsule, the Holoturian, designed to send a living plant and a string instrument for a period of time into the depths of the sea. Imagined and re-imagined in extraordinary drawings made by Guzik over the past decade, this ship has instrumentation, which expresses life, space, harmony and brightness as primary messages, and is dedicated to sperm whales and other deep ocean creatures. 

The installation is part of Edinburgh Art Festival's 2015 commissions programme, presenting new work by leading Scottish and international emerging and established contemporary artists, and will be displayed at Edinburgh’s gothic kirk Trinity Apse.

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Location: Trinity Apse, Chalmers Close, 42 High St, EH1 1SS

Sat 1 August 2015, 11.30am
Ariel Guzik in conversation with environmental scientist and campaigner, Mark Simmonds OBE, chaired by Art Catalyst Director, Nicola Triscott.

Sat 1 August 2015, 7pm
Field recordings by Nature Expression and Resonance Research Laboratory Soundscape and performance by Ariel Guzik, Alejandro Colinas and Emilio Galvez.
A unique opportunity to hear Mexican artist Ariel Guzik perform live in a specially devised set combining electronic music with field recordings of whales and dolphins.

Soundscape and performance by Ariel Guzik, Alejandro Colinas and Emilio Galvez Field recordings by Nature Expression and Resonance Research Laboratory


'Holoturian’ is commissioned and produced by Arts Catalyst with Edinburgh Art Festival 2015.

Ariel Guzik is supported by Wellcome Trust, British Council, EventScotland, Museums Galleries Edinburgh, Arts Council England and the following Mexican institutions, as part of The Year of Mexico in the UK 2015: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) through the Mexican Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AMEXCID), the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA), the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA), and The Anglo Mexican Foundation.

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KOSMICA Mexico 2014

KOSMICA is an international festival for earth-bound artists, space engineers, performers, astronomers, musicians and anyone interested in space

 

KOSMICA returns for the third time to Mexico from 18 to 21 November 2014 at the Center for Digital Culture, Laboratorio Arte Alameda and Multimedia Center of the National Arts Centre.
 
Artists, scientists, performers, scholars, space explorers, workshop leaders and musicians from Mexico, UK, France, Canada and USA among others, to explore the cultural and artistic aspects of space exploration, and topics including the history of alcohol in space, sex in zero gravity, and nostalgia for the Earth.
 
PARTNERSHIP
 
This festival is managed by the artist Nahum Mantra in association with The Arts Catalyst (London) and with support from the National Council for Culture and Arts and the National Institute of Fine Arts.
 
PROGRAMME
 
Planet Earth/Unknown Direction, November 18, Centro de Cultura Digital.
 
A Brief History of Alcohol in Outer Space, November 19, Centro de Cultura Digital.
 
Humans Phone Home, November 20, Laboratorio Arte Alameda.
 
After Barbarella, November 21, Laboratorio Arte Alameda.
 
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SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe Modern Ruins 1:220

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists and brothers Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene (Los Ferronautas) built their striking silver road-rail SEFT-1 vehicle to explore the abandoned passenger railways of Mexico and Ecuador, capturing their journeys in videos, photographs and collected objects.

In their first London exhibition, SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe: Modern Ruins 1:220, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and presented in partnership with Furtherfield Gallery, in the heart of Finsbury Park, the artists explore how the ideology of progress is imprinted onto historic landscapes and reflect on the two poles of the social experience of technology - use and obsolescence.

Between 2010 and 2012, the artists travelled across Mexico and Ecuador in the SEFT-1 (Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada or Manned Railway Exploration Probe). In a transdisciplinary art project, they set out to explore disused railways as a starting point for reflection and research, recording the landscapes and infrastructure, stories and testimonials around and between cities. Interviewing people they met, often from communities isolated by Mexico’s passenger railway closures, they shared their findings online, http://www.seft1.com, where audiences could track the probe’s trajectory, view maps and images and listen to interviews.

The artists’ journeys led them to the notion of modern ruins: places and systems left behind quite recently, not because they weren’t functional, but for a range of political and economical reasons. In the second half of the 19th century, the Mexican government partnered with British companies to built the railway line that would connect Mexico City with the Atlantic Ocean – and beyond to Europe. This iconic railway infrastructure now lies in ruins, much of it abandoned due to the privatisation of the railway system in 1995, when many passenger trains were withdrawn, lines cut off and communities isolated.

For this new exhibition, the artists are inviting British expert model railway constructors to collaborate by creating scale reproductions of specific Mexican railway ruins, originally built by British companies, exactly as they are now. One gallery becomes a space for the process of model ruin construction. The room’s walls will show the pictures, documents, plans and other materials used as reference for the meticulously elaborated ruin construction. With this action a dystopian time tunnel is created.

The SEFT-1 exploration probe will be on display next to the gallery 20–22 June, 11–13 July, 18–20 July and 25–27 July 2014.

The Artists

Ivan Puig (born 1977, Guadalajara, MX) has exhibited internationally in Mexico, Germany, Canada, Brazil and the United States. He is the recipient of a number of awards and residencies including the BBVA Bancomer Foundation Grant for the SEFT-1 project (2010-2011) and the Cisneros Fontanals Foundation (CIFO) Grant in 2010. Puig, a member of the collective TRiodO (with Marcela Armas and Gilberto Esparza), lives and works in Mexico City.

Andrés Padilla Domene (born 1986 in Guadalajara, MX) has exhibited work in various contexts including ISEA 2012 (Albuquerque, New Mexico), The National Museum of Art MUNAL (Mexico City, 2011), 04 Transitio_MX (Mexico, 2011), and EFRC, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Qutio, Ecuador, 2012). His video work as director and producer with Camper Media includes documentaries, fiction films and TV shows.

Support

Presented in partnership with Furtherfield Gallery

With support from Embassy of Mexico, Arts Council England, Central de Maquetas

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KOSMICA Mexico 2013

The second 3-day galactic gathering in Mexico - an off-the-planet mix of art, science, debate, music and film, exploring alternative and cultural uses of space.

KOSMICA Mexico brings together earth-bound artists, astronomers, performers, space explorers and musicians from across the glob - UK, France, Lithuania, Slovenia, Australia and the US.  It is programmed by the artist Nahum and The Arts Catalyst (UK) in partnership with the Laboratorio Arte Alameda, INBA (Mexico).

For its second edition in Mexico City KOSMICA saw international participants actively working in cultural and artistic aspects of space exploration.  This year’s programme is divided in four sessions:

Thursday 8 August - Artists in the cosmos

  • Andy Gracie (UK)
  • Marko Peljhan (Slovenia)
  • Ariel Waldman (USA)
  • Daniela de Paulis (Italy)
  • Ale de la Puente (Mexico)

Friday 9 August -  Space programmes and left-behind communities

  • Rob La Frenais (UK)
  • Jareh Das (UK)
  • Kerry Doyle (USA)
  • Willoh S. Weiland (Australia)
  • Mexican Space Collective (Mexico)

Saturday 10 August - first session: Peaceful and open space

  • Nicola Triscott (UK)
  • Jill Stuart (USA)
  • Roger Malina (USA)

Saturday 10 August - second session: Fantasy and magic in space

Julijonas Urbonas (Lithuania)

  • Nick Campion (UK)
  • Miguel Alcubierre Moya (Mexico)
  • Nahum Mantra (Mexico)
  • Anais Tondeur (France)

Support

KOSMICA in Mexico has been made possible thanks to the support of the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA), Mexico through Laboratorio Arte Alameda.

Partners

KOSMICA is endorsed by ITACCUS, the International Astronautical Federation's Committee on the Cultural Utilisation of Space.

For more details see http://kosmicamx.com/2013/

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Los Ferronautas at AND Festival 2013

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

Los Ferronautas: Artist biographies


Andrés Padilla Domene

Andrés was born in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was educated there in Media Arts. He has exhibited his work in various festivals and exhibitions among which are: ISEA 2012 Main Exhibition (Albuquerque, New Mexico), The Dreams of a Nation, a year later, at The National Museum of Art MUNAL (Mexico City, 2011), 04 Transitio_MX (Mexico, 2011), What’s on your mind, Narratives of the counterfeit personae, World Bank Headquarters (Washington DC, 2011), Project Zocalo, Mexico City Museum (Mexico City, 2010) and EFRC, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Qutio, Ecuador, 2012). His video work as director and producer with Camper Media (www.campermedia.com) includes documentaries, fiction films and TV shows. In 2008 he was a Fellow of the State Fund for Culture and Arts of Jalisco with the project Ferroproyección. From 2007 he has developed along with Iván Puig the project SEFT-1 (www.seft1.net).

Iván Puig

Iván Puig Domene was born in 1977 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. He spent his first years between the streets of Guadalajara, the tropical jungle of Comala and the car junks of Tijuana, circumstances that where important for his later art production. He did studies in electronics in Guadalajara and Fine Arts in Guanajuato.

The techniques that Puig uses are not what determines his work since he jumps from one to another. The line that connects it all is the critical perspective and the humour present in his observations of the social environment. Indignation has been an important trigger for the subjects he approaches, and one of his concerns is the time consuming collateral activity related to the professionalisation of art, such as writing biographies in third person. For 7 years he has been working on the project SEFT-1 with his brother Andrés Padilla Domene. His award winning work has been shown in Mexico and abroad.

www.ivanpuig.net

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

Los Ferronautas: Artist biographies


Andrés Padilla Domene

Andrés was born in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was educated there in Media Arts. He has exhibited his work in various festivals and exhibitions among which are: ISEA 2012 Main Exhibition (Albuquerque, New Mexico), The Dreams of a Nation, a year later, at The National Museum of Art MUNAL (Mexico City, 2011), 04 Transitio_MX (Mexico, 2011), What’s on your mind, Narratives of the counterfeit personae, World Bank Headquarters (Washington DC, 2011), Project Zocalo, Mexico City Museum (Mexico City, 2010) and EFRC, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Qutio, Ecuador, 2012). His video work as director and producer with Camper Media (www.campermedia.com) includes documentaries, fiction films and TV shows. In 2008 he was a Fellow of the State Fund for Culture and Arts of Jalisco with the project Ferroproyección. From 2007 he has developed along with Iván Puig the project SEFT-1 (www.seft1.net).

Iván Puig

Iván Puig Domene was born in 1977 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. He spent his first years between the streets of Guadalajara, the tropical jungle of Comala and the car junks of Tijuana, circumstances that where important for his later art production. He did studies in electronics in Guadalajara and Fine Arts in Guanajuato.

The techniques that Puig uses are not what determines his work since he jumps from one to another. The line that connects it all is the critical perspective and the humour present in his observations of the social environment. Indignation has been an important trigger for the subjects he approaches, and one of his concerns is the time consuming collateral activity related to the professionalisation of art, such as writing biographies in third person. For 7 years he has been working on the project SEFT-1 with his brother Andrés Padilla Domene. His award winning work has been shown in Mexico and abroad.

www.ivanpuig.net

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

Los Ferronautas: Artist biographies


Andrés Padilla Domene

Andrés was born in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was educated there in Media Arts. He has exhibited his work in various festivals and exhibitions among which are: ISEA 2012 Main Exhibition (Albuquerque, New Mexico), The Dreams of a Nation, a year later, at The National Museum of Art MUNAL (Mexico City, 2011), 04 Transitio_MX (Mexico, 2011), What’s on your mind, Narratives of the counterfeit personae, World Bank Headquarters (Washington DC, 2011), Project Zocalo, Mexico City Museum (Mexico City, 2010) and EFRC, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Qutio, Ecuador, 2012). His video work as director and producer with Camper Media (www.campermedia.com) includes documentaries, fiction films and TV shows. In 2008 he was a Fellow of the State Fund for Culture and Arts of Jalisco with the project Ferroproyección. From 2007 he has developed along with Iván Puig the project SEFT-1 (www.seft1.net).

Iván Puig

Iván Puig Domene was born in 1977 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. He spent his first years between the streets of Guadalajara, the tropical jungle of Comala and the car junks of Tijuana, circumstances that where important for his later art production. He did studies in electronics in Guadalajara and Fine Arts in Guanajuato.

The techniques that Puig uses are not what determines his work since he jumps from one to another. The line that connects it all is the critical perspective and the humour present in his observations of the social environment. Indignation has been an important trigger for the subjects he approaches, and one of his concerns is the time consuming collateral activity related to the professionalisation of art, such as writing biographies in third person. For 7 years he has been working on the project SEFT-1 with his brother Andrés Padilla Domene. His award winning work has been shown in Mexico and abroad.

www.ivanpuig.net

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

Los Ferronautas: Artist biographies


Andrés Padilla Domene

Andrés was born in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was educated there in Media Arts. He has exhibited his work in various festivals and exhibitions among which are: ISEA 2012 Main Exhibition (Albuquerque, New Mexico), The Dreams of a Nation, a year later, at The National Museum of Art MUNAL (Mexico City, 2011), 04 Transitio_MX (Mexico, 2011), What’s on your mind, Narratives of the counterfeit personae, World Bank Headquarters (Washington DC, 2011), Project Zocalo, Mexico City Museum (Mexico City, 2010) and EFRC, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Qutio, Ecuador, 2012). His video work as director and producer with Camper Media (www.campermedia.com) includes documentaries, fiction films and TV shows. In 2008 he was a Fellow of the State Fund for Culture and Arts of Jalisco with the project Ferroproyección. From 2007 he has developed along with Iván Puig the project SEFT-1 (www.seft1.net).

Iván Puig

Iván Puig Domene was born in 1977 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. He spent his first years between the streets of Guadalajara, the tropical jungle of Comala and the car junks of Tijuana, circumstances that where important for his later art production. He did studies in electronics in Guadalajara and Fine Arts in Guanajuato.

The techniques that Puig uses are not what determines his work since he jumps from one to another. The line that connects it all is the critical perspective and the humour present in his observations of the social environment. Indignation has been an important trigger for the subjects he approaches, and one of his concerns is the time consuming collateral activity related to the professionalisation of art, such as writing biographies in third person. For 7 years he has been working on the project SEFT-1 with his brother Andrés Padilla Domene. His award winning work has been shown in Mexico and abroad.

www.ivanpuig.net

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

Los Ferronautas: Artist biographies


Andrés Padilla Domene

Andrés was born in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was educated there in Media Arts. He has exhibited his work in various festivals and exhibitions among which are: ISEA 2012 Main Exhibition (Albuquerque, New Mexico), The Dreams of a Nation, a year later, at The National Museum of Art MUNAL (Mexico City, 2011), 04 Transitio_MX (Mexico, 2011), What’s on your mind, Narratives of the counterfeit personae, World Bank Headquarters (Washington DC, 2011), Project Zocalo, Mexico City Museum (Mexico City, 2010) and EFRC, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Qutio, Ecuador, 2012). His video work as director and producer with Camper Media (www.campermedia.com) includes documentaries, fiction films and TV shows. In 2008 he was a Fellow of the State Fund for Culture and Arts of Jalisco with the project Ferroproyección. From 2007 he has developed along with Iván Puig the project SEFT-1 (www.seft1.net).

Iván Puig

Iván Puig Domene was born in 1977 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. He spent his first years between the streets of Guadalajara, the tropical jungle of Comala and the car junks of Tijuana, circumstances that where important for his later art production. He did studies in electronics in Guadalajara and Fine Arts in Guanajuato.

The techniques that Puig uses are not what determines his work since he jumps from one to another. The line that connects it all is the critical perspective and the humour present in his observations of the social environment. Indignation has been an important trigger for the subjects he approaches, and one of his concerns is the time consuming collateral activity related to the professionalisation of art, such as writing biographies in third person. For 7 years he has been working on the project SEFT-1 with his brother Andrés Padilla Domene. His award winning work has been shown in Mexico and abroad.

www.ivanpuig.net

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

Los Ferronautas: Artist biographies


Andrés Padilla Domene

Andrés was born in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was educated there in Media Arts. He has exhibited his work in various festivals and exhibitions among which are: ISEA 2012 Main Exhibition (Albuquerque, New Mexico), The Dreams of a Nation, a year later, at The National Museum of Art MUNAL (Mexico City, 2011), 04 Transitio_MX (Mexico, 2011), What’s on your mind, Narratives of the counterfeit personae, World Bank Headquarters (Washington DC, 2011), Project Zocalo, Mexico City Museum (Mexico City, 2010) and EFRC, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Qutio, Ecuador, 2012). His video work as director and producer with Camper Media (www.campermedia.com) includes documentaries, fiction films and TV shows. In 2008 he was a Fellow of the State Fund for Culture and Arts of Jalisco with the project Ferroproyección. From 2007 he has developed along with Iván Puig the project SEFT-1 (www.seft1.net).

Iván Puig

Iván Puig Domene was born in 1977 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. He spent his first years between the streets of Guadalajara, the tropical jungle of Comala and the car junks of Tijuana, circumstances that where important for his later art production. He did studies in electronics in Guadalajara and Fine Arts in Guanajuato.

The techniques that Puig uses are not what determines his work since he jumps from one to another. The line that connects it all is the critical perspective and the humour present in his observations of the social environment. Indignation has been an important trigger for the subjects he approaches, and one of his concerns is the time consuming collateral activity related to the professionalisation of art, such as writing biographies in third person. For 7 years he has been working on the project SEFT-1 with his brother Andrés Padilla Domene. His award winning work has been shown in Mexico and abroad.

www.ivanpuig.net

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

Los Ferronautas: Artist biographies


Andrés Padilla Domene

Andrés was born in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was educated there in Media Arts. He has exhibited his work in various festivals and exhibitions among which are: ISEA 2012 Main Exhibition (Albuquerque, New Mexico), The Dreams of a Nation, a year later, at The National Museum of Art MUNAL (Mexico City, 2011), 04 Transitio_MX (Mexico, 2011), What’s on your mind, Narratives of the counterfeit personae, World Bank Headquarters (Washington DC, 2011), Project Zocalo, Mexico City Museum (Mexico City, 2010) and EFRC, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Qutio, Ecuador, 2012). His video work as director and producer with Camper Media (www.campermedia.com) includes documentaries, fiction films and TV shows. In 2008 he was a Fellow of the State Fund for Culture and Arts of Jalisco with the project Ferroproyección. From 2007 he has developed along with Iván Puig the project SEFT-1 (www.seft1.net).

Iván Puig

Iván Puig Domene was born in 1977 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. He spent his first years between the streets of Guadalajara, the tropical jungle of Comala and the car junks of Tijuana, circumstances that where important for his later art production. He did studies in electronics in Guadalajara and Fine Arts in Guanajuato.

The techniques that Puig uses are not what determines his work since he jumps from one to another. The line that connects it all is the critical perspective and the humour present in his observations of the social environment. Indignation has been an important trigger for the subjects he approaches, and one of his concerns is the time consuming collateral activity related to the professionalisation of art, such as writing biographies in third person. For 7 years he has been working on the project SEFT-1 with his brother Andrés Padilla Domene. His award winning work has been shown in Mexico and abroad.

www.ivanpuig.net

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

Los Ferronautas' SEFT-1 a dazzling road-rail exploration probe, the research tool for their project.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.

On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with Abandon Normal Devices

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KOSMICA Mexico 2012

KOSMICA Mexico brings together earth-bound artists, astronomers, performers, space explorers and musicians from Mexico, the UK, France, Germany and the US

For its first edition in Mexico City, KOSMICA will showcase more than 15 participants actively working in cultural and artistic aspects of space exploration. Urban stargazing, cosmic music, zero gravity dance, armchair space exploration, science fiction and DIY rocket science collide in this unique and unmissable event. The ideas are fantastic but the stakes are real: reclaim space for all!

We Colonised The Moon (Hagen Betzwieser and Sue Corke) explore an idiosyncratic world view based on popular science, flexible wikipedia knowledge, graphical illustrations and various display formates.

Regina Peldszus asks - how will we actually live in space? Regina Peldszus’s work in space architecture and design explores the psychological challenges of isolation and monotony of space crew on extended exploration missions. And concerns human-technology-nature interaction in extreme environments, off-duty and medical design aspects in space and their spin-offs. She is based at the Design Research Centre and the Astronautics & Space Systems Group, Kingston University London.

Ariel Guzik designs and produces mechanisms and instruments to enquire into the various languages of nature. He is also a musician, draftsman and illustrator. He is Director of the Laboratorio Plasmaht de Investigación en Resonancia y Expresión de la Naturaleza, Asociación Civil. Installations and individual exhibitions of his work have been presented in national and international institutions.

Juan José Díaz Infante's Ulises is a nanosatellite being launched soon next year, conceptualised and developed by a Mexican group of artists during the past year: The Mexican Space Collective. Ulises is born out of the necessity of creation of parallel and alternate reality, explores the need of any citizen on Earth to be able to shape any future he wants not being dependant on the system.

Nelly Ben Hayoun considers ‘Surreal Interactions’ and proposes how we could embed creativity in our daily lives. With creations like The Soyuz Chair, Royal College of Art Design Interactions MA graduate, Nelly explores the possibilities of space tourism, weightlessness and the thrill of the unknown.

Roger Malina, astronomer, editor and Distinguished Professor of Art and Technology at the University of Texas, where he is developing Art-Science R and D and Experimental publishing research. Malina is the former Director of the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence and his specialty is in space instrumentation; he was the Principal Investigator for the NASA Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite at the University of California, Berkeley. He also has been involved for 25 years with the Leonardo organization whose mission is to promote and make visible work that explores the interaction of the arts and sciences and the arts and new technologies.

Dr Jill Stuart is Fellow in Global Politics at the London School of Economics, and reviews editor for the journal Global Policy. She researches law, politics and theory of outer space exploration and exploitation. Her interests extend to the way terrestrial politics and conceptualisations such as how sovereignty is projected into outer space, and how outer space potentially plays a role in reconstituting how those politics and conceptualisations are understood in terrestrial politics.

Antígona Segura wanted to be a rumba dancer but she was born too late. Her fascination with the skies and for the living world took her to pursue a career in astrobiology, the science that studies extraterrestrial life. She was hired by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to work at the Virtual Planetary Laboratory, an astrobiology project by NASA. Currently she is a researcher at the National Institute of Astrobiology and at the Institiute of Nuclear Sciences in Mexico City. She is the President of the Mexican Society of Astrobiology.

Ale de la Puente is an artist, industrial designer, with MA in Naval Construction she deals with notions of time, memory and space by combining conceptualism with multimedia supports. Ale de la Puente has been actively working and collaborating with scientists from the National Insitute of Astronomy in Mexico where she is developing new work. She is a member of the National System of Art Makers in Mexico.

Ulrike Kubatta will introduce her film She Should Have Gone To The Moon and will talk about the process of making it. The film documents Jerri Truhill's remarkable story of as a wife, mother and aviator, and her part in Mercury 13 to become one of the first women to be trained by NASA to go into space. The film is about Jerri Truhill's ambition to conquer the unknown and the Kubatta's fascination with a woman who dared to break down all barriers in aviation. Set against the historical background of the Space Race, the documentary both constructs an intimate portrait of Truhill and explores a unique chapter in American culture and society.

Lyn Hagan is an artist and founding director of LifeInSpace. Her work principally tries to negotiate and transcend established ideas of theatricality and aesthetics. Hagan is currently developing a project with the European Space Agency for the next ExoMars Rover mission. Her suggestion is to choreograph a dance for the robot on Mars for when the scientific mission is over using its autonomous navigation system.

Partnerships

KOSMICA in Mexico has been made possible thanks to the support of the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA), Mexico through Laboratorio Arte Alameda.

Laboratorio Arte Alameda promotes reflection and exchange of ideas between the different audiences and the electronic media art community in Mexico and worldwide, reinforcing cooperation links between learning institutions (both public and private), ministries of culture, governmental institutions in charge of science and technology, local and international cultural associations, and films and video festivals, among others.

KOSMICA is endorsed by ITACCUS, the International Astronautical Federation's Committee on the Cultural Utilisation of Space.

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