Kosmica - Paris

Sunday 11th March

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La Société des Curiosités
24 Place Sainte Marthe
Métro: Colonel Fabien or Belleville



The Arts Catalyst brings its unique galactic gatherings to Paris bringing together those interested in sharing cultural ideas about space

Kosmica is an endorsed project by ITACCUS. This event occurs before the annual ITACCUS meeting at the the International Astronautical Federation, a worldwide federation of organisations active in space. Nelly Ben Hayoun will take part in the meeting with the Arts Catalyst.

A new 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 will be unique: bringing together the cosmically curious and culturally quirky space community. Monthly KOSMICA evenings will 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.

With a focus on Artists working with satellites, tonight's presentations will be made in a mixture of French and English, the line up includes:

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.

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.

Marko Peljhan studied theatre and radio directing at the University of Ljubljana. He is professor in interdisciplinary studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Since 2005 he has been coordinating the design and utilisation projects, including the development of a polar orbit microsatellite, for the final Arctic and Antarctic Makrolab missions as part of the International Polar Year (2007/2008). Pelhjan is flight director of zero-g flights 1-3 with the Noordung group, and organiser of flight 1 with the GCTC with Kitsou Dubois

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. In this special Kosmica evening we will show the personal journal of the mission’s director, a day-to-day intimate journal of his different experiences as the shaping of this project has taken place. A story worth telling.

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.