Lets Redesign Space Exploration for the 21stC: meet at Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India

In previous blogs I have argued that we need to resign science itself, both its methods and social embedding need urgent transition re-design. As a space scientist myself, I am convinced we need to rethink the purposes and methods of space science and exploration, and that artists, designers and humanists must collaborate with scientists and engineers to do this.

Leonardo/OLATS is launching a new series of space art and society workshops in Paris – and I am pleased to announce our collaboration on
Technology, Exchange and Flow: India Michael Punt, Sundar Sarukkai from the Leonardo Editorial board and myself will be working with our colleagues in India together with Joanna Griffin and Hannah Grason.

What indeed are the hoped for social outcomes do we project for space science and space activities over the next century ? China and India are now shaping new futures in space as the US, Russia, Europe and other space faring powers rethink their efforts.

As a heart warming celebration the Chinese Rover: https://www.space.com/42981-china-moon-far-side-panorama-chang-e-4.html landed on the Von Karman crater on the far side of the moon. Theodore Von Karman was the Phd Advisor for my Father Frank Malina, co founder and first director of NASA JPL that led the first team to launch an object into outer space. He was also the advisor to Hsue-Shen Tsien, the father of the Chinese space program. Yes Von Karman, Malina and Tsien are now reunited on the far side of the moon !! The work of those students at Caltech certainly changed the history of ideas and human culture ! Note, Tsien and Malina also have the honor of being spaceship captains in our of Arthur C Clarke’s novels. Fact and fictions are symbiotic !

The Leonardo Space and the Arts working group : https://www.olats.org/space/space.php has organised a number of events including a Space and Culture Workshop in Bangalore in 2007- see Patrick McCrays commentary; http://www.patrickmccray.com/2014/07/16/sir-thats-not-a-footprint/ http://www.patrickmccray.com/2014/07/16/sir-thats-not-a-footprint/ 

So it with immense pleasure that we encourage you to visit the
writing workshops at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 and if you are interested in joining the Space Arts email list, contact me:T

Technology, Exchange and Flow: India

An AHRC Impact and Engagement project to: (1) make a film reconstructing lost television material from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s television archive, (2) run writing workshops at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 addressing audience and user-led initiatives in India, and, (3) produce a series of publications by non-academics for Leonardo journal. 

Technology, Exchange and Flow: India

Professor Michael Punt along with colleagues Dr Joanna Griffin and Dr Hannah Drayson, from Transtechnolgy Research, University of Plymouth, UK have received an award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK to produce a film and run a writing workshop at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India in partnership with Leonardo. The funding builds on the research and knowledge exchange outcomes of a three-year European project, Technology, Exchange and Flow and further research subsequently undertaken as part of the Marie Curie ITN CogNovo, led by Professor Sue Denham. The underpinning research was based in two archives in the Netherlands over a six-year period and examined the relationship between artistic media practices and industrial/commercial exploitation of audio-visual media at key moments of technological innovation, such as contemporary gaming and early television. It revealed the relationship between creativity and innovation within the European media sector through contemporary and historical examples and indicated how user-led initiatives impacted on technological and media form.

The film reconstructs lost television material from the 1970s made by students at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in collaboration with space scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation and children in villages, for a unique experiment in local, audience-led satellite television. The writing workshop, run in partnership with Leonardo, will establish a continuity with the film and is intended to explore the Biennale as an audience-led endeavor. The workshop will include collaborative public writing sessions as well as podcast production for the Creative Disturbance platform that will articulate the findings of both a Technology, Exchange and Flow and CogNovo in knowledge exchange formats that are consistent with the altruistic concerns of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and the Indian Space Research Organization television archive.


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