Each KOSMICA session is unique: bringing together the cosmically curious and culturally quirky space community for a social mix of art–space programmes - a film screening, performance or live concert with a short presentation, talk and debate about alternative and cultural uses of space.
12 April is Yuri's Night, or the day in 1961 that Yuri Gagarin was the first human to journey into outer space. Therefore, Z33 and Arts Catalyst are organizing a KOSMICA night at Z33 as part of the programme for Space Odyssey 2.0. There will be presentations by and discussions with artists Frederik De Wilde, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, the Seeker community, stargazing, drinks and spacey music.
Agnes Meyer-Brandis will give a talk on how she started the Moon Goose project. The inspiration of this work is a proto science fiction story from 1638, The Man in the Moone, in which a man travels to the moon with a flight of Moon Geese. In a curious mix of science and fiction, experiment and narrative, past and present, Agnes Meyer-Brandis tries to turn this story into reality by raising eleven geese and training them as fully fledged astronauts. The geese are currently living in a simulation habitat in a crater field in Pollinaria, Italy. In Space Odyssey 2.0, live images of the habitat are shown in a control room where you can communicate with them.
Frederik De Wilde acts on the border area between science, technology and art. The conceptual crux of his artistic praxis are the notions of the intangible, inaudible, invisible. In Space Odyssey 2.0 he is presenting new work which focuses on the movements of small ghost-like particles that appear and disappear in the quantum vacuum of interstellar space. The work in the exhibition consists of different visualisations of these almost immaterial and intangible phenomena, based on a live stream of data captured by the Department of Quantum Science of the Australian National University. His work on the ‘nano-black’ also exemplifies how artistic research can influence science, leading to a collaboration with NASA who are interested in developing his research into more practical outcomes.
Seeker is a travelling and collaborative spaceship project which artist Angelo Vermeulen initiated. In Space Odyssey 2.0, he continued his work - together with an interdisciplinary team of artists, designers, engineers, students and enthusiasts. The work explores in an experimental way the integration of the technological, ecological and social systems that enable long-term survival in a spaceship. From April 2013, Angelo Vermeulen will act as crew commander for HI-SEAS, a new Mars mission simulation initiated by Cornell and Hawaii University in collaboration with NASA. Inspired by his preparatory research for this simulation mission he set up a similar two-day mission in the Seeker before the opening of the show. Members of the Seeker team will talk about their experience during this mission but also on the general development of the project.
The local planetarium also set up a stargazing event in the garden, with movies, sounds from outer space and space music all in honour of Yuri's Night, a global event celebrating Yuri Gagarin’s first succesfull flight around the earth.
The KOSMICA series is organised by The Arts Catalyst, and is endorsed by ITACCUS, the International Astronautical Federation's Committee on the Cultural Utilisation of Space. This event is produced in collaboration with Arts Catalyst and Cosmodrome.