Republic of the Moon, London

A major exhibition in which artists consider their visions for a Republic of the Moon.

It's four decades since humans walked on the Moon, but it now seems likely that we will return there this century – whether to mine for its minerals, as a ‘stepping stone’ to Mars, or simply to do scientific research. In a provocative pre-emptive action, a group of artists are declaring a Republic of the Moon here on Earth, to re-examine our relationship with our planet’s only natural satellite.

After two decades working with space dreamers from the European Space Agency to anarchist autonomous astronauts, The Arts Catalyst transformed Bargehouse into an Earth-based embassy for a Republic of the Moon, filled with artists’ fantastical imaginings. Presenting international artists including Liliane Lijn, Leonid Tishkov, Katie Paterson, Agnes Meyer Brandis and WE COLONISED THE MOON, the exhibition combined personal encounters, DIY space plans, imaginary expeditions and new myths for the next space age.

Marking the start of its twentieth anniversary year, The Arts Catalyst animated the exhibition with performances, workshops, music, talks, a pop-up moon shop by super/collider and playful protests against lunar exploitation.  A manifesto declaring the Moon a temporary autonomous zone, with responses from artists and scientists to novelist Tony White’s call to “Occupy the Moon!” was published in print and e-Book formats to coincide with the exhibition.

The artists in Republic of the Moon regard the Moon not as a resource to be exploited but as a heavenly body that belongs to us all. The exhibition asks: Who will be the first colonisers of the Moon? Perhaps it should be the artists.

The artists

Agnes Meyer-Brandis’ poetic-scientific investigations weave together fact, imagination, storytelling and myth, from past, present and future. In Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility, the artist develops an ongoing narrative based on the book The Man in the Moone, written by English bishop Francis Godwin in the 1630s, in which the protagonist flies to the Moon in a chariot towed by ‘moon geese’. Meyer-Brandis has actualised this concept by raising eleven moon geese from birth in Italy, giving them astronauts’ names, imprinting them on herself as goose-mother, training them to fly and taking them on expeditions. The artist has built a remote Moon analogue habitat for the geese, which will be operated from a control room within the gallery. (* Neil, Svetlana, Gonzales, Valentina, Friede, Juri, Buzz, Kaguya-Anousheh, Irena, Rakesh, Konstantin-Hermann).  Moon Goose Analogue: Luna Bird Migration Facility the documentary film of this project was Ars Electronica award of distinction winner 2012.

Katie Paterson Second Moon and Earth–Moon–Earth.  Second Moon is Paterson's project tracking the cyclical journey of a small fragment of the Moon as it circles the Earth, via airfreight courier, on a man made commercial orbit.  Second Moon makes an anticlockwise journey; orbiting at approximately twice the speed of our Moon, it orbits Earth about 30 times in one year.  The journey could be followed on a free App. Earth–Moon–Earth (Moonlight Sonata Reflected from the Surface of the Moon) involved using a form of radio transmission whereby messages are sent in Morse code, from earth, reflected from the surface of the moon and then received back on earth. The moon reflects only part of the information back – some is absorbed in its shadows, ‘lost’ in its craters. For this work Paterson has translated Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata into Morse code and sent it to the moon via Earth-Moon-Earth (EME). Returning to earth fragmented by the moon's surface, it has been re-translated into a new score, the gaps and absences becoming intervals and rests. In the exhibition the moon–altered score is performed on a self-playing grand piano.

Liliane Lijn’s moonmeme explores the repeating cycle of the Moon’s phases, projecting the word 'SHE', an epithet for the Moon, onto the lunar surface so the letters slowly emerge and then disappear as it wanes. Since lunar projection is so challenging technically, Lijn has worked with an astronomer to present a real-time animation of the projection accompanied by a sound work and by quotations from sources including Pliny and the Talmud to illustrate the profound connections between the Moon and the feminine principal of transformation and renewal.

Leonid Tishkov’s Private Moon tells the story of a man who met the Moon and stayed with her for the rest of his life. In a series of intimate photographs, the artist pairs images of his private moon with verse which describes how the Moon helps us to overcome our loneliness in the universe by uniting us around it. Tishkov and his illuminated moon have travelled the world for almost ten years. He has a dream to fly with her to the Moon.

WE COLONISED THE MOON (Sue Corke and Hagen Betzwieser) were the Republic of the Moon’s artists in residence throughout the exhibition, creating work and running talks and workshops. Corke and Betzwieser’s graphic art and installation projects embody a child-like wonder at the universe. Employing a range of DIY production techniques, their partnership is rooted in absurdism and theatrical performance characterised by slogans and catchphrases. At the Bargehouse, they coordinated protests against the exploitation of the Moon and working with scientists to help us look afresh at our closest celestial neighbour.

Moon Vehicle (Joanna Griffin and ISRO scientist P Shreekumar) a presentation of a project devised by the students at Srishti School of Arts, Bangalore, India, with artist Joanna Griffin. Its focus was to reclaim a cultural connection with the Indian Chandrayaan space programme challenging the now-dominant scientific narrative of the Moon and reasserting other imaginaries inspired by Indian narratives of self-determination and agency.

Pop Rock Moon Shop designed by super/collider sold all manner of discerning lunar ephemera.

A Manifesto for the Republic of the Moon published to accompany the exhibition, edited by curator, Rob La Frenais and including Tony White's specially commissioned short fiction Occupy the Moon!, it is available in print, or for free download in .epub and .pdf formats.


Artists websites
Agnes Meyer-Brandis
Katie Paterson
Liliane Lijn
Leonid Tishkov
WE COLONISED THE MOON
super/collider
Support

Republic of the Moon is a touring exhibition, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst with FACT. The first version of the exhibition was presented at FACT Liverpool in winter 2012. The exhibition and residency has been made possible with Grants for the Arts support from Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council.

Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility links directly to Meyer-Brandis's, Moon Goose Colony, 2011, a project during her residency at Pollinaria, Italy, the site of the remote analogue habitat where the artist has raised and houses the colony of moon geese.  With thanks to Z33 co-producers of Moon Goose Analogue, shown In Space Odyssey 2.0.

Second Moon has been commissioned by Locus+ in partnership with Newcastle University and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.  Supported by Arts Council England, Adelaide Festival and Newcastle City Council

Bargehouse is owned and managed by social enterprise, Coin Street Community Builders: www.coinstreet.org

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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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M-Blem: the train project

HeHe’s public art interventions are internationally renowned, from ‘Nuage Vert’, highlighting factory emissions with interactive laser light to 'Is there is a Horizon in the Deepwater', a miniaturised global disaster scenario satirising popular responses to ecological issues. Their ‘Toy Emissions’ video also lampooned American SUV (sports utility vehicle) culture and its critics at the same time.
 
HeHe (Heiko Hansen and Helen Evans) have been working on the ‘Train Project’ for a number of years, criticising the car as the only option for autonomous transport. They propose personal rail travel as a temporary imaginary prototype taking the problem of locomotion as a starting point. The notion of personal rail travel has been explored as an alternative to collective transportation since the 1930s, Bruno Latour for example, reflected on the failure of Aramis (Agencement en Rames Automatisées de Modules Indépendants dans les Stations), France's ambitious attempt to develop a personal rapid transit system in his book 'Aramis, or the Love of Technology'.

The ‘Train Project’ has seen HeHe develop temporary autonomous vehicles in the form of performances on unused or abandoned rail tracks. The AND Festival 2012 commission 'M-blem' follows interventions in Istanbul – ‘Tapis Volant’, a battery-powered flying carpet, ‘H Line’ on New York’s abandoned High-Line and ‘Petite Ceinture’ on the little belt that encircles Paris. HeHe’s new vehicle celebrates the birthplace of the world’s first recognisable modern railway - the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (L&MR) - which opened in 1830.
 
Inspired by AB Clayton's painting of the inaugural journey of the L&MR which illustrates a series of small open-topped passenger carriages on the track outside Manchester's Liverpool Road station, HeHe will run their vehicle 'M-blem' on this historic track, now part of Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry. In a participatory project mixing past and future, HeHe will present their mobile, light-weight, electric wheel-set along with solar charging stations, platform, signs and passenger vehicle referencing the original carriages but using modern materials for AND Festival visitors and passengers.

‘Metronome’, a ‘Train Project’ prototype will also be shown in Paris during the Futur En Seine Festival 14-24 June 2012 and will be demonstrated on the abandoned Petite Ceinture track at the Jardins de Ruisseau on 1 July.

 

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HeHe

AND Festival

Futur en Seine festival

 

Partnerships and Support

La Région Ile-de-France

Cap Digital & Futur en Seine

Ars Longa

HeHe Asso

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LabEasy - MadLab Workshops & Residency

MadLab, pioneers of DIY bio come to London for a residency and series of workshops

DIY Biology is a rapidly growing global movement whose aim is to democratise, demystify and widen participation in low-cost, hands-on biology - bringing it out of the laboratory and onto the kitchen table.

Manchester’s very own MadLab stay at Arts Catalyst getting their hands dirty with DIY biology. Pioneers of the DIY-bio movement, even the FBI is keeping an eye on them! In the spirit of a speakeasy, participants can swing by and join in or sign up to a workshop from culturing bioluminescent bacteria to Tiki-style DNA extraction, cellular gastronomy to genetic modification. There's also a family day, evening salon and peripatetic market foodlab to get participants experimenting.

Workshops

Shoestring biotech: Build your own lab!

Tue 5 March, 1pm - 6pm

The LabEasy kicks off with the design and build of a new laboratory. With no expensive bench top equipment in sight, the “lab raising” was an all-hands-on-deck exercise in home technology hacking, ersatz gadgetry and lots and lots of Lego. Workshop lead: Dr Marc Dusseiller.

Genetic Modification for Beginners

Wed 6 March, 7pm - 9.30pm

So you’ve got yourself a spider and you’ve got yourself a goat: how do you go about combining them? Before your ambitions get ahead of you, you might want to go back to basics and try the simplest genetic modification of all with the humble bacteria Escherichia Coli. We will work with the Genomikon kit to assemble simple genetic circuits and in turn modify our bacteria to give them new behaviours.

An Evening of Bioluminescence

Thu 7 March, 7pm - 9.30pm

Bioluminescence, from the Greek bios for living and lumen for light, is the natural phenomena that makes fireflies glow and allows deep sea squid to find each other in the dark. We will explore the phenomenon of bioluminescence both natural, thanks to some judicious bacterial cultivation following a trip to the local fishmonger, and artificial with our old friend Escherichia Coli.

Cellular Gastronomy – An Alternative Sunday Lunch

Sun 10 March, 1pm - 5pm

Move over Heston, there’s a new organism in town and it goes by the name of S. Cerevisiae. Participants will be able to enjoy the fermented fruits from our edible Lab and find out about its inhabitants – Saccharomyces Carlsbergensis (Beer), Lactobacillus Sanfrancencis (Sourdough) and Aspergillus Oryzae (Sake, Miso, Amazake, etc.) amongst others.

Cocktails and Canapés – an evening exploring genetics and flavour (Over 18s only)

Mon 11 March, 6.30pm - 9pm

Do we develop a palate as we’re growing up, or do we inherit our sense of taste and smell? What would it be like to taste things differently? There are well-researched associations between the enjoyment of eating vegetables and genetic variations in the TAS2R38 gene (AKA the Brussels sprout gene) but this is just the tip of the culinary iceberg. Why do some people find that coriander tastes like soap and others don’t? Are some people immune to the charms of cheese? Cocktails and Canapés is an evening of culinary experimentation, Tiki-style DNA extraction, taste-changing miracle fruit and the rigorously researched imbibing of cocktails, all in the name of science, of course!

Bioelectronics - Transforming Mud into Light

Wed 13 March, 1pm - 5pm

We crack out the stripboard and solder and explore the boundaries between life and machine, analogue and digital. In particular we will build microbe-powered LED lights using some local mud and a sprinkling of biological ingenuity.

DIYBio Salon

Wed 13 March, 7pm doors, 7.30pm - 9.30pm

A gathering together Europe’s foremost biohackers, artists, inventors, ethicists and novel thinkers for an evening of discourse, from DIY practicalities to speculative biological entertainments; legal and ethical grey areas (and brown areas) to outlaw science and beyond. Speakers: Ellen Jorgensen - Genspace, Kristijan Tkalec - Biotehna, Cathal Garvey, Hackerteria's Dr Marc Dusseiller, Brian Degger of Maker Space, Thomas Landrain of La Paillasse introduced by Asa Callow of MadLab.

Deptford Market DNA FoodLab

Fri 15 March, 9am - 2pm

“Get your extracted vegetable DNA here, three for a pound and I can’t say fairer than that”. As the Lab Easy rolls to a close, we take the show on the road with a visit to Deptford Market. Armed with a battery of ad-hoc biological tests, travel-ready DIY lab equipment and some tasty produce, we bring some wholesome Lab Easy flavours to the streets of South East London.

Family DIY Microscopy and Water Bear Hunting

Sat 16 March, 2pm - 4pm

Children & Families come to Arts Catalyst to hunt for tiny microscopic creatures called Water Bears and then make their own USB microscope allowing them to see their bear-like figure.

Support

KiiCs (Knowledge Incubation in Innovation and Creation for Science) is a 3-year European Commission-funded project.

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Elastic Dimensions

A special day-long drop in event to coincide with other contemporary art venues in Clerkenwell and King’s Cross.

This was an opportunity for visitors to come and find out more about what we do, see videos documenting our past projects – like Simon Faithfull’s Escape Vehicle No 6 commissioned by The Arts Catalyst for the first Artists Airshow in 2004; Tomas Saraceno’s Poetic Cosmos of the Breath which we commissioned for the second Artists Airshow in 2007; Rachel Mayeri’s Primate Cinema: Apes as Family exhibited in Edinburgh Art Festival 2011, Attention Weightlessness a documentary drawing together footage from our research expeditions between 2000 and 2003, taking artists, dancers, film-makers and scientists into weightlessness, Critical Art Ensemble’s Genterra 2002, Brandon Ballengée’s Malamp UK (2010 edit) and more.

Patrick Stevenson-Keating demonstrated The Quantum Parallelograph enabling participating visitors to explore their parallel identities in work that examines the scientific and philosophical ideas surrounding the theory of quantum physics and multiple universes.

The Quantum Parallelograph simulates the experience of users being able to glimpse into their “parallel lives” – to observe their alternate realities. Designer, Patrick Stevenson-Keating uses this device to explore the ways emerging technologies interface with the environment and everyday life. His Quantum Parallelograph project investigates ideas about the Multiverse and suggestions that when a photon of light appears to pass through its double slits, a connection is made across universes, and the photon interacts with its parallel version.

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Erik Davis. The Living World: Animism in the 21st Century

How does our relationship to the world change if everything is alive?

Author Erik Davis and historian of shamanism Robert Wallis discuss traditional and contemporary approaches to animism and consider what it means to be an animist in an age when our technologies increasingly take on the semblance of life.

In the second part of the evening, Erik Davis will read with a live modular synthesiser accompaniment from The Asterism and MISTY. With live and found sounds sculpted by the application of multiple random voltages, MISTY will be free to express its soul.

Erik Davis is an American cultural critic, scholar and journalist, in his recent catalogue essay Mark Leckey’s exhibition The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things he describes a world exploding with technologies, products, and material processes that challenge our conceptual categories with their apparent intelligence and animation. Also author of Nomad Codes, Techgnosis, The Visionary State and Led Zeppelin, Erik Davis' work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals and magazines.

Robert Wallis is an author, art historian and academic specialising in contemporary and historical shamanic practices. He is the author of 'Shamans / neo-Shamans:Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans' and has contributed to and edited numerous books and journals on the subject.

The Asterism is the solo musical project of author and Strange Attractor Press founder Mark Pilkington.

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The Language of Cetaceans

In this special event, artist Ariel Guzik, who represented Mexico in the 2013 Venice Biennale, presented his long-term project communicating with whales and dolphins (cetaceans).

Environmental scientist and campaigner Mark Simmonds discussed the role of sound in cetacean society and the impact of sonar and noise pollution.

Ariel Guzik is an artist, musician and inventor. He designs and makes resonance instruments, which are used to enable interaction between human beings and nature through sensation and emotion, and creates installations and performances. For the last ten years, Guzik has concentrated his efforts in searching for a way of communicating with cetaceans. With a group of collaborators, he has undertaken several expeditions to contact grey whales and bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Baja California. In 2007, Guzik completed the construction of the first prototype of an underwater capsule, Nereida, a musical instrument to interact with cetaceans. Guzik presented his work with cetaceans, immediately following his visit to the North of Scotland to meet bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth, the research phase of a project with The Arts Catalyst.

Mark Peter Simmonds is an environmental scientist and marine biologist, specialising in the problems facing marine mammals in the 21st century. He is currently the Senior Marine Associate Scientist with the Humane Society International (HSI) and was previously the International Director of Science at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Simmonds spoke about cetacean communication and the threats to these creatures caused by the increasing emissions of loud noise both deliberately and incidentally into our seas and oceans.

Biographies

Ariel Guzik

Musician, researcher, artist, iridologist, herbalist and inventor, Guzik designs and produces mechanisms and instruments to enquire into the various languages of nature. He is the director of the Nature Expression and Resonance Research Laboratory in Mexico, which for over 25 years has freely explored the phenomena of resonance, mechanics, electricity, and magnetism as foundations for the invention of mechanisms that give voice to nature through music. His research work is the reflection of an intimate need to generate an atmosphere favorable to the enchantment of the world. He intends to preserve mysteries, rather than decipher them, favoring the perception of natural phenomena through the senses, fascination and fantasy. Installations and individual exhibitions of his work have been presented in national and international institutions. Guzik’s new work Cordiox will be shown in the Mexican Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

Mark Peter Simmonds OBE

Mark Peter Simmonds has worked in the marine conservation and animal welfare field since the 1980s. For several years, was on the staff of Greenpeace International, then employed as a university lecturer. However, for the better part of the last two decades, Mark worked full time for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, where he was their International Director of Science. He has been involved in investigations into the impacts of human activities on marine wildlife, including studies into the effects of chemical and noise pollution and marine debris on marine mammals and the development of marine conservation policy, especially as it affects cetaceans. This includes nineteen years as part of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission. Mark is also involved in field research on cetaceans in UK waters; mainly on the trail of the illusive Risso’s dolphin. He has also been the Chair of the UK’s Marine Animal Rescue Coalition (which helps to coordinate the work of the UK’s voluntary animal rescue organisations) since 1989. Mark has produced over 200 original papers and other contributions for scientific and popular periodicals and books. He recently jointly edited (with Philippa Brakes) and part authored Whales and Dolphins – Cognition, Culture, Conservation and Human Perceptions which was published in April 2011 by Earthscan.

Supported by The Wellcome Trust.

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Fracking Futures

Fracking Futures - a spectacular artwork and mini-disaster by the Paris-based artist duo Hehe, (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen)

In collaboration with Arts Catalyst, HeHe turned FACT Liverpool’s main gallery into an industrial landscape in a playful and provocative commentary on crises of global economy, threats of environmental catastrophe and struggles of public institutions in times of austerity.

The Prix Ars Electronica award-winners warn that drilling could result in unquantifiable subterranean noise as tectonic plates shift, minor ground tremors are a possibility, and diluted chemicals used during the fracking process will be sprayed into the air as they mischievously turned the gallery into a temporary, experimental drilling site for hydraulic fracturing on a micro scale.

HeHe use a language based on light, sound and image, their practice explores the relationship between the individual and their architectural, social and urban environment, often creating playful miniature representations of vehicles or intervening directly with light projections and large-scale visual interruptions. They make a provocative commentary on crises of global economy, threats of environmental catastrophes and struggles of public institutions in times of austerity.

They hope this multi-sensory installation will highlight the importance and current relevance of the debates surrounding the fracking process, which are not only significant environmentally, but also economically. The installation will refrain from making judgements for or against fracking, rather offering a platform on which discussion can begin.

Fracking Futures not only illustrates the potential dangers and disruptions of the process, but also considers fracking as an alternative source of energy and subsequent potential for commerce and growth. Whether this last point is genuine or tongue-in-cheek is for the visitor to decide….

Press coverage

The Guardian

New Internationalist

Nicola Triscott's blog

Partnership

Part of FACT’s 10th anniversary exhibition Turning FACT Inside Out programme, 2013.

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Crafting Life: Materiality, Science and Technology Symposium

Crafting Life symposium explored how crafted life forms create an interplay between art, design, science and technology.

The symposium was part of the opening day programming around the Transformism exhibition of work by Melanie Jackson and Revital Cohen.

The cultivation and crafting of biological life has existed for centuries, both for aesthetic and practical purposes. Today, with the advancement of bioscientific tools, techniques and materials, these new forms are now not only produced by farms and individuals, but in laboratories and factories, with 'crafting' taking place on the molecular level.

In this symposium, we will begin to examine, from different disciplinary perspectives, some of the implications of applying new scientific and technological tools to the manipulation of living forms and systems, what this means for our relationship with non-human life, and the new realm of aesthetic and forms it opens up.

Prof Susanne Kuechler is head of Anthropology department at UCL, Director of Masters Programme in Culture, Materials and Design, and co-editor of the Journal of Material Culture. Her current research is in new material, new technologies and society: their innovation, take-up, classification and transmission, material-aesthetics and the anthropology of art, and she specialisises in pacific anthropology and ethnographic collections.

Dr Emma J Roe is a lecturer in Human Geography in Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton. She specialises in bodily cultural geographies, specialising in bodily cultural geographies of human-nonhuman relations, embodied material ethics and practical experience of consumption.

Prof Raymond Oliver is a lecturer in Interactive Materials in the P³i - D:STEM Interaction Studio Lab at Northumbria University, a chemical engineer with 20 years expertise through a variety of senior research and technology management posts in a global chemicals and materials company. P³i - D:STEM Interaction Studio Lab specialises in Synthetic Biology, Organic electronics, Sensors and Mircrofluidics, Nano materials and technologies into practical, usable, desirable solutions for tomorrow’s issues today.

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Panning for Atomic Gold

Panning for Atomic Gold explores artistic quests for sensory perceptions of deep time through atomic materials and nuclear culture.

The symposium will make connections between Arts Catalyst’s Atomic exhibition (1998), current artistic practices and future nuclear archives. In our twentieth anniversary year the event draws on Arts Catalyst’s archive of unique documents and artefacts – revisiting work by James Acord, Mark Aerial Waller and Carey Young – and makes public these archives for the first time.

Curated by Ele Carpenter, speakers include radiological protection advisor Shelly Mobbs; scholar of Cold War literature Dan Grausam; artists Thomson & Craighead, Karen Kramer, Mark Aerial Waller and Carey Young; curator Ele Carpenter; and Arts Catalyst’s archivist Z Richter-Welch and research engineer Lisa Haskel.

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