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"EXTREMOPHILES: Surviving in Space"
2004-09-19 until 2004-09-19
Arts Catalyst, the Science-Art Agency
UK United Kingdom
With the long journey to Mars and back increasingly preoccupying the space industry and space medicine, some of the debates within the art and technology world about the human body have become increasingly mirrored. For long-term space travel should we create artificial environments to cocoon the body? Or transform the body into a space faring cyborg, augmenting and converting it for weightlessness? In this compelling conference, taking place in the Royal Institution‚s beautiful historic Faraday lecture theatre ˆ where Faraday demonstrated the world's first electric transformer - artists, scientists and cosmonauts come together to widen the debate about long-term human spaceflight as a cultural as well as scientific issue.
The Arts Catalyst, founders of the MIR International Network for Space Art, has been exploring the ideas of human spaceflight and taking artists and scientists on zero gravity flights with the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Russia for the past four years.
Culminating a day of stimulating debate, Catalonian electronic artist Marcel.li Antunez Roca will give a performance-presentation, Transpermia, of his Project Daedalus, which took place this year on zero gravity flights organised by Arts Catalyst with the Russian space agency.
£15, £12 Concessions. £10 ICA Members
Location: Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS.
Nearest tube: Green Park
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