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Published on Jun 26, 2012
Each KOSMICA session is unique: bringing together the cosmically curious and culturally quirky space community for 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.
June's KOSMICA - the Microgravity Sessions will feature exclusively speakers who have floated in the air in zero gravity. We can guarantee that all participants have undergone at least 10 parabolas in a diving aircraft! Previously a resource solely available to trainee astronauts and scientists, pioneers Kitsou Dubois and Dragan Zivadinov opened the way in the 90s to artists flying in microgravity, and following a flight by The Arts Catalyst's curator Rob La Frenais with Zivadinov in 1999, over 50 artists and scientists flew in The Arts Catalyst's microgravity campaigns in Star City, Russia.
The evening was introduced by Nicola Triscott and Rob La Frenais, director and curator of The Arts Catalyst who have both enjoyed flying in Zero G in their own special ways... which is documented in Gravitation Off.
Kevin Fong medical doctor, researcher in Space Medicine and Extreme Environments and presenter of the BBC's To Boldly Go
Louise K. Wilson, who researched motion sickness in Star City and whose work was recently featured a Tate publication.
Edward George and Anna Piva (Flow Motion) who composed soundworks recorded in Zero Gravity.
Lyn Hagen, who, with flight director and artist Marko Peljhan, organised the most recent artists' flight at Star City.
The KOSMICA series is curated by Nahum Mantra and The Arts Catalyst, and is endorsed by ITACCUS, the International Astronautical Federation's Committee on the Cultural Utilisation of Space.