KOSMICA June 2011

An astronaut sits readinng a newspaper; The New York Times
Alicia Framis, Kosmica, Moon Life Foundation, 2010
A model of satellite illuminated in a dark space.
Jem Finer, Kosmica, Between Radio and Optical, 2005
Three men hold straps connected to a man, allowing him to "float" above the floor.
Julijonas Urbonas, Kosmica, Gravitational Aesthetics, 2007-2011

Continuing the monthly series of social galactic gatherings to bring together those interested in sharing cultural ideas about space with Alicia Framis, Dr Jill Stuart, Julijonas Urbonas and Jem Finer.

A Matter of Gravity

The moon life foundation - Alicia Framis

Director of Moon Life Foundation, Alicia Framis speculates on the possibility that humans will live in space in the future. The project acts as a stimulus for artists, designers, architects to create futuristic radical political but humane concepts for an extreme lunar environment.

Alicia Framis is also the Lost Astronaut – an performance-installation at APF LAB, exploring the potentialities of living on the moon through the ironical activities and fictional character of a woman astronaut. Left on earth like all women who were never part of the moon race, she settles in to BaseCamp, in which she lived for the two weeks in a customized astronaut suit, among drawings and prototypes that aim to both parody and demand women’s presence on the moon.

Alicia Framis studied Fine Arts at the Barcelona University and Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris. She completed her masters at the Institut d’Hautes Etudes, Paris and at the Rijksakademie Van Beelde Kunstende, Amsterdam. 

Who Owns Outer Space? - Dr Jill Stuart

While the 'Martians Chronicles' might soon become real facts, Dr Jill Stuart will be discussing with us the ownership of space, so that we know where to land! She will explain us the history of cosmic governance and the future of outer space law.

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 sovereignty are projected into outer space, and how outer space potentially plays a role in reconstituting how those politics and conceptualisations are understood in terrestrial politics.

On observatories and observing - Jem Finer

Come along and meet with one of our space genies, Jem Finer who experienced zero gravity and realized a 1000-year long musical composition (Longplayer), as well as being artist in residence in the astrophysics department at Oxford University making a number of works including two sculptural observatories, Landscope and The Centre of the Universe.

The 'Gravitational Theater'- Julijonas Urbonas

Julijonas talked about unique aesthetic manifestations of gravity in our highly technologised culture, from anti-gravitational shoes to deadly roller coasters.

Having worked in amusement park development – as an architect, ride designer and head of fairground – Urbonas became fascinated by what he calls the bodily-perceived aesthetics of ‘gravitational theatre’. Since then the topic has been at the core of his creative life, from artistic work to scholarly articles. Most recently this interest has matured into his PhD research based in the department of Design Interactions at the RCA.


The series is programmed by Nelly Ben Hayoun and Nahum Mantra.

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

Artists' websites

Julijonas Urbonas - http://www.julijonasurbonas.lt

Dr Jill Stuart - lse.ac.uk, www.globalpolicyjournal.com

Jem Finer - www.cosmolog.org.uk, www.onearthasinheaven.net, longplayer.org

Alicia Framis - http://moon-life.org/, www.aliciaframis.com