KOSMICA at The Arts Catalyst
Wednesday 13 July 2011
A series of galactic gatherings for earth-bound artists, space engineers, performers, astronomers, musicians and anyone interested in exploring and sharing space in original ways.
Every KOSMICA session is unique: bringing together the cosmically curious and culturally quirky space community. Monthly KOSMICA evenings bring together 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.
Carey Young will discuss her recent artistic works which critique and satirise the ‘management’ and legal control of outer space. Using recent discoveries in astrophysics and space imaging, as well as creating new propositions in copyright law, her works use cameraless photography, installation, text and sculpture to investigate links between outer space law and ideas of landscape, colonialism and the ‘real’. Her touring solo show Memento Park is currently at mima, Middlesbrough.
Empress Stah is a London based aerial artist and avant garde cabaret performer with a life long ambition to make a show in Outer Space. Stah recently came one step closer to realising this dream when she experienced microgravity for the first time, aboard a commercial flight with the Zero G Corporation. She will be presenting footage taken aboard this flight and will talk about the thinking behind her project 'Stah-Lite in Space'; what she intends to do in Zero G when she gets her hands on the Russian's plane; and will outline her vision for her forthcoming show 'Stah-Lite and the Stah Whores Corporation'.
Ansuman Biswas works in a wide variety of media, but his central concern lies between science, work and religion. For the last decade he has been working on 'Zero Genie' projects conceived as a response to the structure and history of the space program and its exploration as a First World, high investment pursuit over the last 50 years. The Zero Genie project is a collaboration with Jem Finer, who appeared in June's KOSMICA.
The KOSMICA series is curated by Nahum Mantra and is endorsed by ITACCUS, the International Astronautical Federation's Committee on the Cultural Utilisation of Space.
The event will be live streamed and you can watch on: www.artscatalyst.org
If you missed our June's galactic gathering, 'A Matter of Gravity' catch up with it online here and Yuri's Night galactic celebrating the
first human journey into space in April, you can still see Chis Riley's film First Orbit here.
KOSMICA is a free event, but space is limited so please book today.
The event will be held on the first floor and there is no lift; please contact The Arts Catalyst to discuss any specific access needs.
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