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Kosmica logo with astronautKOSMICA Mexico City 27 - 29 September 2012

Kosmica Mexico

WE COLONISED THE MOON, Sue Corke, Hagen BetzwieserRegina Peldszus, Ale de la Puente, Juan José Díaz Infante, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Roger Malina, Ulrike Kubatta, Lyn Hagen, Jill Stuart, Julieta Fierro, Ariel Guzik

Laboratorio Arte Alameda
National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA)
Colón 5, Centro Histórico
Mexico City, Mexico C.P. 06050

 

27/09/2012 – 29/09/2012

KOSMICA comes to Mexico - full programme here

livestream from Mexico City here

Thursday 27 September 2012

7pm – Entrada

7.20pm Nahum junto con The Arts Catalyst organiza la serie KOSMICA, la cual se ha realizado regularmente en ciudades como Londres, Paris, Liverpool y ahora Ciudad de México.

7.30pm Roger Malina con su plática Artes Espaciales contextualizará a los artistas que han trabajado en temas espaciales, así como la evolución de esta intersección arte y ciencia.

8.15pm Nelly Ben Hayoun hará una presentación titulada Ground Control: Una Opera en el Espacio, en donde expondrá su más reciente trabajo como artista residente en la NASA. En esta residencia Nelly fundó la primera Orquesta Internacional.

8.30pm Juan José Díaz Infante narrará su experiencia en el proyecto satelital Ulises así como de la creación del Colectivo Espacial Mexicano.

Friday 28 September 2012

7pm – Entrada

7.30pm We Colonised The Moon, está integrado por Sue Corke y Hagen Betzwieser. Dentro de Kosmica realizarán un performance-plática sobre el olor de la Luna y el sabor del universo.

8.15pm Rob La Frenais, es el curador de The Arts Catalyst y nos platicará sobre su curaduría más reciente en FACT, Liverpool llamada La República de la Luna, una micronación para los puntos de vista alternativos sobre la vida en la Luna.

9.30pm Regina Peldszus presentará una introducción a la arquitectura y diseño relacionados con los vuelos tripulados espaciales a través de un conteo de sus artefactos favoritos relacionados con el elemento humano. La presentación incluirá simuladores de trajes espaciales hasta chistes y bromas en órbita.

10.20pm Ariel Guzik presentará un perfomance sonoro comisionado exclusivamente para el primer encuentro KOSMICA México.

Saturday 29 September 2012

4.30pm – Entrada

5pm Jill Stuart es una de las pocas expertas en derecho y polítca espacial en la Tierra. En su presentación responderá a la pregunta ¿a quién le pertenece el espacio?

5.45pm Ale de la Puente presentará un performance-plática del trabajo reciente desarrollado en colaboración con el Instituto Nacional de Astronomía. Donde el universo palpita, un timón, una nave… un horizonte vecino del tiempo, invitan al hoyo negro a decir sus secretos.

6.50pm Lyn Hagan narrará el proceso de la creación de LifeInSpace, una organización que realizó una serie de vuelos parabólicos para desarrollar arte en entornos extremos. También nos platicará sobre su próximo proyecto en Marte con la Agencia Europea Espacial.7.40pm Proyección del documental She Should Have Gone To The Moon por Ulrike Kubatta. Este documental presenta la historia de una mujer que fue entrenada en un programa secreto de la NASA para la misión del Apollo.

8.50pm Antígona Segura, además de querer ser rumbera, quería conocer vida en otros planetas. Así, se ha convertido en una de las astrobiólogas más reconocidas en México y nos platicará sobre la vida en otros planetas.

9.35pm Nicola Triscott es directora de The Arts Catalyst en donde a lo largo de varios años desarrolló el proyecto Zero G, una serie de residencias artísticas en vuelos parabólicos. En su exposición nos mostrará los resultados de esta residencia con gravedad cero.

10.30pm Coctel Galáctico de clausura.

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

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) explores 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.