Festival International @rt outsiders - edition 2003


Edition IV

1 october - 9 november 2003Space Art

This year, the @rt Outsiders Festival defies the laws of gravity and presents various installations, films and conferences that are linked to space. These rather original and committed pieces give us the real feeling of the revolutionary period we are living. Therefore, the @rt Outsiders creators invite us to participate to the conquest, at least in terms of imagination and personal sensitivness…

A leap into space

Henry Chapier | President

Since the beginning of mankind and the history of civilization, human beings have always dreamed of the heavens. Before the emergence of the Biblical religions, they fantasized about gods as the guardians of the stars and now, with such great leaps forward in technology, they imagine a better life beyond the sky.
Certain esoteric traditions, doubtlessly premonitory, have always endeavored to convince us of the need to rediscover our original condition: that of an inhabitant of the Universe, connected through the vibrations of the Cosmos, provided that we master the "know how" of our brain, if it is – in the same manner as our carnal envelope – correctly stimulated.
Since the end of the 1950s, scientists have undertaken the path leading us to the Milky Way, by analyzing the human body’s conditions of adaptation to space, with all that it may entail in terms of biological and mental reeducation. Without this research, we would have missed the launch of the cosmonauts, and the collective utopia of travelling through space, which, over these past few years, is becoming a reality.
In light of the progress made by scientists, artists have been unable to remain inactive: understandably, they rapidly pondered the possibility of creating ephemeral works and new precursory plastic art or simply metaphorical expressions, in space.
Each artist participating in the 4th art-outsiders international festival of digital creation illustrates this approach in his or her specific manner. The artists, by stimulating their sensitivity and subconscious, have created diverse performances and installations. Each visitor’s individual imagination will undoubtedly bring a new light to these exhibitions, which require a certain extent of interactivity. Finally, this leap into space also takes on a vital function for each individual ’s inner being: far from an escape or a simple need to experiment, this approach gives the artist, as well as those who observe or identify with these works, solid wings on which to fly.
Now, it is up to you to take the leap!

Space Art :
exploring new territories

Jean-Luc Soret | Artistic director

After having created the "Bio-Art" theme for the 2002 edition, the international @rt Outsiders festival proposes a historical event this year, based on the "Space Art" theme, which will be held at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. This special venue will once again be transformed into a showcase for emerging artistic trends, between October 1 and November 9, 2003. This is the very first time a festival, exclusively dedicated to space art, has been organized in France.
What needs to be done is to define "Space Art" in general terms, without going into a long drawn-out listing of all the disciplines that it covers, which in fact encompass almost all fields of contemporary creation.
"Space Art" is all those contemporary artistic practices that are inspired by space research or space activity. It is, therefore, not an esthetic current that imposes shared formal rules of presentation or representation, but rather an artistic current defined by a subject: space, drawing on a community of passionate, lively interests by an infinite scope of investigation that is as yet little explored.
The panorama of the works and installations exhibited in the international @rt Outsiders festival enables us to forcefully demonstrate the extraordinary vitality of contemporary creation via the novelty and diversity of the fields of experimentation that it covers: artistic experiments in weightlessness, collective and participatory works intended for space voyages, sub-orbital and environmental projects, multimedia installations based on radio-astronomy and radio-telescopy, cosmic representations, weightless sculpture and architecture, digital creations fiction films or documentaries concerning fantasy, esthetics or the history of the conquest of space.
These unique artists, painters, plastic artists, choreographers, dancers, architects, sculptors, film makers, musicians and poets appropriate – each in their own way – the collective imagination linked to the exploration of space, providing us with fascinating works, that reveal a particular awareness of the incomparable social-cultural changes that are associated with technological progress.
The esthetic, scientific, philosophical, social and political stakes behind these new artistic practices will be the focus of two weekend events combining conferences, debates, artwork presentations, performances and film projections that will bear witness to the prodigious force of evocation that this Terra Incognita has always held for the human community.



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L'Observatoire Leonardo des arts et des technosciences est un site francophone proposant des informations, des repères, et des liens dans le champ de l'art et des technosciences.

Anomos est une association culturelle, née à Bolzano (Italie) en 1996 et à Paris en 1998, de la collaboration d'un groupe de chercheurs et d'artistes d'origines diverses. Elle a comme objectif la recherche sur les nouvelles configurations du système des arts, dues à l'avènement des technologies numériques. Cette recherche envisage les développements des langages et des dispositifs, et les mutations esthétiques qui les impliquent ou en dérivent.

Tout sur l'actualité off-line et online de Leonardo, revue internationale qui offre depuis plus de 30 ans un espace d'échange et de réflexion sur le monde de l'art et celui des sciences.

Superbe fiction spatiale interactive en ligne !

Star Place
Une interface affiche le nombre de kilomètres parcourus par la terre pendant notre temps de connexion.

Le programme américain SETI est consacré à la recherche de formes d'intelligences extra-terrestres (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) qui pourraient nous parvenir par l'intermédiaire des radiotélescopes qui scrutent l'univers. Ce projet est l'objet depuis plusieurs années d'un engouement mondial dû à une idée très originale : proposer à chacun d'entre nous de mettre la force de calcul de son ordinateur personnel au service de cette rencontre du troisième type.
Chaque visiteur sera donc invité à participer à ce projet en installant sur son Mac ou son PC un logiciel "écran de veille" gratuit qui chargera et analysera les données collectées du plus grand radiotélescope au monde à Arecibo.
Il y a un faible mais captivant espoir qu'un jour votre ordinateur détecte le lointain murmure d'une civilisation hors de notre planète Terre.







Richard Clar
Collision II
3D Video installation
© 2003. The Naval Research Laboratory

COLLISION II, an orbital debris constellation sculpture in low-Earth orbit, is represented in a multimedia video installation featuring music by the French composer, Marc Battier. Attention is focused on the serious problem of orbital debris, particularly in low-Earth orbit.
Selected for COLLISION II, 192 orbital debris objects (color-coded by country of origin) are shown in the installation video along with the remainder of the 10,000 objects (small white dots) currently in the U.S. Space Command's catalog of tracked orbital debris objects. Surrounding our planet Earth, the trajectories of all of these debris, which at first might appear to be chaotic, are in fact known and listed in the U.S. Space Command's catalog of orbital debris objects in space. Using data from this catalog, and a super-computer, the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., created the simulations seen in the COLLISION II presentation.

The 3D screening device equipment used for the installation of COLLISION II belongs to the "Image et Concept" entreprise.

Music : Marc Battier

Jean-Marc Philippe
Interactive installation
© Keo | Les Installations

Selected as the "Project for the 21st century" by Unesco, Keo is a satellite prepared for launching by 2006 for a long journey around the planet Earth in order to land in about 50 000 years later and deliver to our remote descendants any message without...given nowadays by each of us.
Once Keo on orbit, all our messages - which will remain strictly anonymous within the archives kept on Earth - are going to be analyzed by linguists and sociologists. The content will be summarized by cartographers in order to set up a public debate, a scientific device which will enable us to answer a couple of main questions such as "who are we ?" and what kind of world and society could we build starting today in terms of human betterment ?


Kitsou Dubois et Eric Duranteau
File/Air : L'ambiguïté des limites
© Ki Production

Choreographer Kitsou Dubois, asked set designer Eric Duranteau, to share her adventure in weightlessness. In this presentation, each of them explores space : the first through dance movements and the second through image. In a weightless universe, where movement is both fluid and infinite, the body and image are the media for a real, perceptive dance experiment that fuses with the dream of flight.
In FILE/AIR, their third installation, bodies glide about in an endless travelling shot, while the eye and the camera merge together in a limitless universe.

Sound : Alain Bellaïche
Dancers : Mathurin Bolze, Kitsou Dubois, Jörg Müller and Laura de Nercy.

Ewen Chardronnet
Open sky
© Open Sky

The multimedia installation Open Sky looks how artists explore conversions from military to civilian in space&sky arts. It presents a film that opens the sky to stimulate possible conversions and investigate orbital information systems in the context of post-Apollo to post-Cold War/DesertStorm esthetics and politics; a film on the background to the conversion for civil use of the "ART 32" telescope of Irbene in Latvia; a listening station - radio@stronomy - that enables us to "hear" the raw sounds issued by the planets of the solar system ; and a presentation of the members of the Acoustic Space Lab network.

→ Film "OPEN SKY", Ewen Chardronnet
→ Film "RT32", Rasa Smite, Martins Ratkins, Raitis Smits
→ Radio astronomy V0.2: listening_station by: Radioqualia


Takuro Osaka
The fullness of emptiness
© Mareo Tsunemara / Takuro Osaka

The multimedia installation created by this Japanese artist explores the birth and the death of the universe, by giving life to cosmic rays.
These rays, caused by the birth and death of a star or the explosion of a supernova, regularly reach the atmosphere and the Earth, given that nearly 200 cosmic rays pass through our bodies each second. It is this physical relationship to the cosmos that The Fullness of Emptiness reveals, and makes "visible," using a device made up of sensors connected to hundreds of colored diodes, which retrace the trajectories.

Addictive TV
Spaced out
DVD album
© Addictive TV

Forty years of NASA exploration remixed for the 21st Century. Spaced Out is a project created by sampling - both audio and video - the NASA archives and audiovisually remixing the footage to build something very new. Pioneering artists, such as Coldcut, Brian Kane of EBN (Emergency Broadcast Network) and Addictive TV themselves, plus a host of others, participated in the project, which comprises of 26 video clips. This is the first time Spaced Out will be shown in its entirety in France.

Collectif Pleix
sound and visual multimedia piece
© Pleix

Cascade is a sound and visual multimedia piece created by a virtual community of seven digital French artists inviting us to share an imaginary journey, an aquatic fairy-tale aswell as a cosmic one, in other words a huge dream where stars are shining and surfing on the waves.
This most original creation will be shown within the space of La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, but in the same time on the web site www.art-outsiders.com as well as on pleix.net

Music : Bleip

Miguel Chevalier
Launched into orbit

2 photo and video installations
© Miguel Chevalier

Parabolic antennas and radars are today's symbols of communication, which have caught the artist's attention, given that they are the fruit of our highly technological society. Miguel Chevalier will present - with his digital photographies - the particular aesthetical vision inspired to him by the launching of satelites into orbit.

Telescopage is a video/digital installation that shows the evolution in means of transmission brought on by today's space exploration and the prevalence of interconnections. "Telescopage" also more broadly focuses on the relationship that each individual has with communication tools : telephone, fax, keyboard, screen, etc.


Pierre Comte
Signature earth
Biospace program
Zero G. Art

Video installation
© Pierre Comte

Video installation that highlights the diverse works by Pierre Comte Visible from space, Signature Earth [1] is a gigantic ground installation that reaches its full significance with the satellite views presented. Biospace program [2] a project that endeavors to prove that the ideal architecture for weightlessness is a sphere. An original work that gives us a glimpse of tomorrow's space shuttle cockpit. Zero G. Art [3] thanks to backing by the CNES, ESA and NASA, Pierre Comte has created very particular plastic works, in which the interest lies — amongst other things — in the way in which they move about in space.


Arts Catalyst
Gravitation off !
Video installation
© ©Daedalus 2003.Estudi Marcel.lí Antúnez Roca

The Arts Catalyst founded in 1993 by Nicola Triscott, is a European agency based in London that specializes in the relationship between art and science whose goal is to encourage dialog, exchange and collaboration between artists and scientists. This organization — whose curator is Rob La Frenais — thus opens up new territories and spaces for creation with the setting up of multidisciplinary research laboratories including actvities such as zero-gravity flights.
Gravitation off ! leads us to discover the extraordinary video documents of these artistic experiments performed in weightlessness. www.artscatalyst.org

Susan Collins
Tate in Space
Digital diaporama
© ETALAB and Virtual Artworks for Tate in Space" de S.Collins

How would one design a museum if it were to be launched into orbit around the Earth?
This highly original project is an arena for reflection on the nature of cultural ambition in terms of our relationship to space. This project was conceived by british artist Susan Collins as a site specific artwork for the Tate website.
As part of the work Susan Collins commissioned the talents of numerous contributors from architects to space scientists. The site includes architectural propositions, a notional Tate Satellite and a live 'webcam'. These are the best proposals offered to the festival's visitors and on www.tate.org.uk/space

Arthur Woods
Cosmic Dancer
Sculpture and vidéo installation
© Arthur Wood

On Friday, March 23, 2001: the MIR space station plunged into the south Pacific in flames. Along with the station, the Cosmic Dancer, the first sculpture on board the MIR since 1993, that was specifically created for the station and for weightlessness, disappeared into the ocean. With no attachment points, this sculpture offers viewers a multitude of perceptual points or rather position points, creating a three dimensional kinetic relationship with the cosmonauts.
A captivating video documentary that enables the public to observe the birth and realization of this historical, yet ephemeral work.

The CNES Space Observatory
L'espace au travail
Interactive installation

Space activities change our visual and mental perceptions, and enhance our knowledge. For this reason, they have become a crucial contemporary issue. For the first time ever, three devices forming an interactive triptych attempt to cast new light on the questions thus raised.

The Spatiosphere encourages us to question what we know by providing unique views through which space cuts across a wide variety of cultural fields. [1]

The Hydronaute transforms the way we usually represent the Earth, offering a new vision based on spatial measurements of the oceans, like a geographical information system. [2]

The Stationaute lets us experience the sensation of being in weightlessness aboard the International Space Station and gives us the chance to manipulate scientific experiments through an original and complex interface. [3]



The catalogue for the @rt Outsiders "Space Art" festival has been co-published with the magazine Anomalie and produced jointly with Leonardo and Leonardo OLATS with a view to pursuing a long-lasting partnership. Anomalie is a collectively produced, yearly magazine. Each issue explores a new topic in the field of digital arts and technology, and gives an overview of historical, technical and esthetic developments.




Deux week-end exceptionnels de conférences, de performances, de projections de documentaires, de films de fictions et d'images de synthèse sont organisés dans le cadre du festival @rt Outsiders à l'auditorium Bernard-Pierre Wolff de la Maison Européenne de la Photographie.

Samedi 4 octobre
Dimanche 5 octobre

Visibilité / Lisibilité
de l'art spatial

Art et gravité zéro :
l'expérience des vols paraboliques

Samedi 4 octobre
21:00 - 05:00

Nuit spatiale
Zurban / @rt Outsiders

Samedi 18 octobre
Dimanche 19 octobre

L'Odyssée de l'art spatial

Mardi 4 novembre

Les coulisses de la création : l'image recomposée

Vendredi 7 novembre

Space love

de Jérôme Duval & Jean-Yves Leloup

Samedi 4 octobre
Dimanche 5 octobre

Visibilité / Lisibilité
de l'art spatiale

Art et gravité zéro :
l'expérience des vols paraboliques

Sous la direction d'Annick Bureaud

Le colloque "Visibilité - Lisibilité de l'art spatial. Art et Gravité Zéro : l'expérience des vols paraboliques", organisée par Annick Bureaud, s'inscrit dans une collaboration entre le Festival international @rt Outsiders et Leonardo/Olats.

Samedi 4 Octobre

09:30 → 09:45
09:45 → 10:00

Jean-Luc Soret, directeur artistique du Festival @rt Outsiders
Roger Malina, Modérateur

10:00 → 10:45

Les raisons d'un colloque
Présentation par Annick Bureaud, Leonardo/Olats, Paris

10:45 → 11:15

L'accès à la micropesanteur
Les vols paraboliques

Denis Thierion, irecteur des vols paraboliques, CNES, Toulouse

11:15 → 12:00

Le laboratoire de recherche multidisciplinaire
Un artiste dans l'espace : un but atteignable ?

Nicola Triscott & Rob LaFrenais, Arts Catalyst, Londres

12:00 → 12:30

Flow Motion : Kosmos in Blue
Flow Motion (Anna Piva & Edward George), artistes, Londres

12:30 → 13:00
13:00 → 14:00

discussions avec la salle - Modérateur : Edmond Couchot

+ Pause déjeuner

14:30 → 15:00

La perception visuelle du monde vivant
Thierry Pozzo, chercheur, Inserm, Dijon

15:00 → 15:30

De l'expérience vécue à la création :
trajectoires et analogies

Kitsou Dubois, artiste, Paris

15:30 → 16:00

Transpermie, le projet Dédalo

Marcel-Li Antunez Roca, artiste, Barcelone

16:00 → 16:30
16:30 → 16:45

discussions avec la salle

+ Pause

16:45 → 17:15

Le nouveau point de vue du monde - Zero G
Takuro Osaka, artiste, Tokyo

17:15 → 17:45

Kaplegraf 0g (drop orbits)
conférence de Vadim Fishkin, artiste, Ljubjana / Moscou

17:45 → 18:15

Que la force soit avec Toi !
Alex Adriaansens, directeur V2, Rotterdam

18:15 → 18:45
18:45 → 19:00

discussions avec la salle
Conclusion de la journée : Annick Bureaud

Présentation de la soirée:Jean-Luc Soret
Colloque suivi d'une soirée spéciale "Nuit Blanche" à l'auditorium de la MEP

21:00 → 22:10

Space Love
Performance visuelle et sonore : 70 min. 2003, de Jérôme Duval & Jean-Yves Leloup

22:10 → 00:00

Space movies
Programmation de films d'images de synthèse sélectionnés par l'INAthèque de France, Imagina, Sup Info Com, les e-Magiciens, les Films Action. Par ailleurs, toutes les installations du Festival @rt Outsiders seront ouvertes tout au long de la nuit à la MEP.

Dimanche 05 Octobre

Modératrice : Isabelle Rieusset-Lemarié

14:00 → 15:00

Entre réel et virtuel, repérages
conférence de Jean-Pierre Haigneré, astronaute, ESA, Paris

15:00 → 15:30

Contextualisation de l'art en micro-gravité
conférence de Roger Malina, Leonardo & Laboratoire d'astronomie spatiale, Marseille

15:30 → 16:00

Le cosmise russo-soviétique en gravité zéro
conférence de Mikhail Ryklin, philosophe, Moscou

16:00 → 16:15
16:15 → 16:30

discussions avec la salle

+ Pause

16:30 → 17:15

Le projet Otolith
conférence de Kodwo Eshun, Richard Couzins & Anjalika Sagar, artistes, Londres

17:15 → 17:45

"Drift Painting" en micro-gravité
conférence de Frank Pietronigro, artiste, San Francisco

17:45 → 18:15

Propos sur l'histoire des vols paraboliques et le fait d'être malade
conférence de Louise K. Wilson, artiste, Londres

18:15 → 18:45

Les opérations de Vols du Projekt Atol,
l'Agence Spatiale Slovène et le Makrolab

conférence de Marko Pelhjan, artiste, directeur Projekt Atol, Ljubjana

18:45 → 19:00

discussions avec la salle

Colloque suivi d'une performance

20:30 → 21:40

Space Love
Performance visuelle et sonore : 70 min. 2003, de Jérôme Duval & Jean-Yves Leloup

04.10.2003 | 21:00 - 05:00

Nuit spatiale
Zurban / @rt Outsiders


Samedi 18 et Dimanche 19 octobre 2003

L'Odyssée de l'art spatial

Sous la direction de Jean Luc Soret

Ce colloque a pour objectif de placer l'art spatial dans une perspective historique :
- En analysant les courants et les pratiques artistiques qui ont contribués à son émergence
- En mettant en évidence l'influence de l'Histoire, et notamment de la période post-Guerre Froide, sur son développement.
- En évoquant les liens étroits et indissociables qu'il entretient avec l'histoire du progrès technologique.

Samedi 18 Octobre 2003

14:00 → 15:00

Dans le champ des étoiles
Documentaire (52')en présence de la réalisatrice, Danielle Jaeggi

La photographie astronomique a fasciné scientifiques et artistes dès son apparition au milieu du XIXe siècle. Elle allait leur permettre de capter, d'enregistrer, de matérialiser des phénomènes invisibles jusqu'alors. Qui dit invisible dit voie ouverte à l'imaginaire. Certains astronomes ont ainsi été confortés dans leur croyance à des mondes habités sur la lune, Mars, Vénus. Les réflexions de Victor Hugo sur l'infini, les récits de Jules Verne ou d'H.G. Wells s'inspirent des rêveries scientifiques de l'époque. Les œuvres de Camille Flammarion ont alimenté l'imaginaire de nombreux peintres, poètes et écrivains. La perception d'un au-delà du visible a transformé celui des artistes jusqu'à nos jours.

15:00 → 15:45

Art et astronomie
conférence de Jean-Pierre Luminet, astrophysicien

Histoire des représentations esthétiques du cosmos à travers une sélection très réduite d'œuvres de quatre artistes d'horizons et d'esthétiques très diverses, mais qui ont pour point commun d'avoir puisé leur inspiration dans la contemplation du ciel (visible ou invisible) : Dürer, van Gogh, Salat et Grisey.

15:45 → 16:30

Présentation du projet KEO
conférence de Jean-Marc Philippe, artiste

KEO est un projet aux multiples facettes dont Jean-Marc Philippe - son auteur et concepteur - nous rendra compte en mettant notamment en lumière la dimension historique de cette œuvre tant dans son contenu que dans son principe.

16:30 → 17:15

Le Space Art, héritier du futurisme ?
conférence de Pierre Comte, artiste
avec la participation de Philippe Perrin, astronaute.

Histoire des rapports étroits qui lient le "Futurisme", fondé en 1909 par Filippo Tomaso et le "Space Art" pressenti en 1969 par Frank Malina, pionnier de l'astronautique aux états-Unis, fondateur de la revue Leonardo. Avec la participation exceptionnelle de Philippe Perrin, Astronaute du CNES depuis 1996.

17:15 → 18:00

Le radiotélescope RT-32 : histoire d'une conversion
conférence de Ewen Chardronnet, artiste, France

Histoire de la conversion du radiotélescope RT-32 d'Irbene en Lettonie, instrument du contre-espionnage soviétique pendant la Guerre Froide, aujourd'hui reconverti et dédié à la science fondamentale, à la radioastronomie et aux artistes sonores.

18:00 → 18:45

L'histoire de l'art spatial vu par la revue Leonardo
conférence de Roger Malina, artiste, Usa / France

L'histoire du Space Art vu par la revue Leonardo - Fondée en 1968 par l'artiste et ingénieur Frank Malina (père de Roger Malina), Leonardo est une revue internationale qui offre une plate-forme d'expression et de réflexion aux artistes dans le domaine des arts, sciences et technologies. Le premier article sur le "Space Art" ayant été publié en 1971 par la revue Leonardo, il était légitime de demander à son rédacteur en chef, Roger Malina, de dresser un panorama historique de l'art spatial.

18:45 → 19:30

L'aventure spatiale :
source de nouvelles représentations

conférence de Gérard Azoulay de l'Observatoire de l'Espace du CNES

L'aventure spatiale : source de nouvelles représentations - à partir de ce que nous savons de ces nouveaux modes de représentation, des programmes spatiaux et des gigabits de données qu'ils transmettent en permanence vers la Terre, il est indispensable de se poser la question de la ressaisie possible de ces images par le champ artistique.

19:30 → 19:45

Remise du prix Leonardo / @rt Outsiders
Roger Malina, Annick Bureaud, Henry Chapier et Jean-Luc Soret.

Le Prix Leonardo-@rt Outsiders Nouveau Horizons 2003 doté de 1000 euros sera attribué par un jury à un lauréat choisi parmi les artistes de l'exposition. Par ailleurs, il sera offert à ce lauréat la possibilité de publier un texte dans la revue Leonardo (MIT Press) et de mener une campagne de publicité pour faire connaître son travail.

19:45 → 20:15

Lancement de SpaceartS,
base de données sur l'art spatial

Arthur Woods et Annick Bureaud


20:15 → 21:50

Out of the present
Film (92') - 1996 de Andreï Ujica

En mai 1991, les cosmonautes soviétiques de la mission Ozon, Anatoli Artsebarski et Sergeï Krikalev sont envoyés sur la station orbitale MIR. Tandis que le commandant revient sur terre à la date fixée, c'est à dire cinq mois plus tard, Krikalev, contraint par les circonstances politiques, passe près de dix mois à bord... Parti de l'URSS, il revient en Russie... En effet, durant son absence, a eu lieu le putsch d'août 1991 à Moscou dont l'échec a rayé des cartes le nom même d'Union Soviétique et achevé toute une époque historique. L'idée du film est simple, son motif classique : une odyssée !


Dimanche 19 Octobre 2003

14:00 → 19:00

Space movies
Programmation de films d'images de synthèse sélectionnés par l'INAthèque de France, Imagina, Sup Info Com, les e-Magiciens, les Films Action.

19:00 → 19:30

La mission Priviet
Documentaire-fiction (20') - 2003 de Raphael Frydman pour The Eternals / Astropioneers

Tourné au Kasakstan en janvier 2003, ce sont tous les enjeux de la conquête spatiale russe qui sont abordés à travers l'échec d'un mystérieux lancement de Soyouz habité, la Mission Priviet. Le réalisateur Raphael Frydman a tourné ce document pendant trois semaines à Almati et Baïkenour par —30°, et a cherché à découvrir la vérité sur cette mission : info ou intox de l'Armée Rouge? Ont-ils cachés au monde pendant des années la rencontre du troisième type? Ou bien ont-ils monté de toutes pièces cette mission, pour manipuler les américains en pleine guerre froide ?

18:30 → 20:00

Contre le gravitropisme :
l'art et les joies de la lévitation

d'Eduardo Kac

A voir sur le web (version anglaise)

04.11.2003 | 19:00

Les coulisses de la création : l'image recomposée

Soirée organisée avec le concours de ADOBE

Durant ces trois dernières années, Christophe Luxereau a partagé avec le public de la Maison Européenne de la Photographie, la vision du monde qu'il conçoit pour demain.
Ce jeune artiste talentueux s'impose aujourd'hui sur la scène de l'art contemporain avec des œuvres reconnues pour leur sens aigü de l'esthétique.
Peu de visiteurs cependant, imagine que derrière le talent déployé, la richesse et la poésie de son monde intérieur, se cache une fabuleuse maîtrise des outils de création numérique et des logiciels graphiques. Il fera partager, l'espace d'une soirée, les différentes étapes de son travail et soufflera peut être quelques secrets d'atelier.

Soirée reportée à une date ultérieure

Vendredi 7 Novembre 2003

Space love

18:30 → 19:30

Performance visuelle et sonore
70 min. 2003. de Jérôme Duval, cinéaste & Jean-Yves Leloup, Dj, France

Jérôme Duval, artiste multimédia et cinéaste, et Jean-Yves Leloup, artiste sonore, DJ et journaliste, sont les créateurs du projet "Digital Cinema" : L'opus 2 de "Digital Cinema" intitulé "Space Love" met en parallèle l'aventure spatiale et la quête érotique de l'amour impossible. Ce film dont les images et l'illustration sonore sont joués en live illustre les utopies et déboires de la conquête spatiale de 1960 à nos jours. L'attrait des hommes pour la conquête de l'espace ressemble à s'y méprendre à une parade de séduction, à une quête érotique d'absolu.


Cette performance a bénéficié de l'aide à la création multimédia expérimentale de Thécif - Région Ile-de-France, du Dicream et du festival @rt Outsiders.



Franck PietronigroDrift Painting in zero gravity

Frank Pietronigro is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and author. He is the first American painter to create "drift paintings" in zero gravity, aboard NASA's KC135 turbojet.

'Drift Painting' In Microgravity On April 4, 1998, I flew from the NASA Johnson Space Center, aboard a KC135 turbojet, to creating "drift paintings" as my body floated within the 3-D kinetic painting space facilitated by parabolic flight.
I write and wonder what meaning my experience offers.


Research Document n°34
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Douglas A. Vakoch
Le sacrifice de soi

Une composition interstellaire inaudible and invisible to humans, transmissible to distant stars at radio frequencies, interstellar messages can be understood as conceptual art [1]. Because of the intangible nature of interstellar messages, the concepts communicated are more important than the physical translations used to convey these ideas to human viewers. And yet, broad-based, international discussion is a prerequisite to actual transmission from Earth, at least if we follow current policies advocated by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) community. In this exhibition, we describe the sorts of messages that may some day be sent, emphasizing examples that may be understood by extraterrestrials as well as humans.
Some of this artist’s earlier compositions have focused on making concrete the physical vulnerabilities of the human body by showing the dangers of living in an Earthly environment [2]. Human finitude is also portrayed through an exploration of our temporal nature. The notion of short-lived intelligence may seem quite alien to artificial or enhanced extraterrestrial intelligence, who may have life spans of thousands or millions of years [3]. In the current exhibition, our vulnerabilities as embodied beings living in time are used to introduce notions of altruism—of risking one’s own welfare to benefit others.
We begin by describing physical objects likely to be known on other worlds as well as on Earth: chemical elements and molecules, the latter communicated both through the atoms comprising them and through their three-dimensional structures. The Periodic Table orders chemical elements through their atomic numbers, which indicate the number of protons in the nucleus of each element, encoded here as binary digits. [a]

Rather than relying solely on structural or numerical descriptions of elements and molecules, they are also signaled through icons that physically resemble the radiation patterns associated with these chemical constituents, providing a more phenomenologically direct representation of these possibly universal concepts [4]. The combining of chemicals is similarly shown.
Through analogy, sexual reproduction is illustrated by combining half of the genetic material from each of two parents to form a new individual. Complex family relationships are explained by showing the degree of shared genetic material, describing relationships within and between generations of beings with finite lives.
The biological basis of some acts of altruism can also be illustrated. For example, as a predator approaches, the altruist might give a warning call, alerting its relatives but making itself a more likely target for predation. Though the altruist’s likelihood of surviving to reproduce is reduced, its inclusive fitness is improved by protecting relatives that share some of the altruist’s genes. Individuals in these scenarios can be represented in various ways in interstellar messages: as sets of signals that start and cease over time, suggesting the birth and death of the individual; or as moving objects in a three-dimensional space. [b] More complete descriptions of individuals can detail their three-dimensional structure, movements, and interactions over time. [c]

Variants of such scenarios would be transmitted thousands of times, emphasizing the probabilistic nature of animal behavior. Though an individual is more likely to be self-sacrificing when many of its kin are nearby, altruism not strictly determined by biology or context. At least in humans, the possibility of foreseeing danger can introduce the notion of choice: to preserve oneself, or to help another, even with dire consequences.[d]
1 Vakoch, D. A., Ed. (2004). Between worlds: The art and science of interstellar message composition . Cambridge: The MIT Press. 2 Vakoch, D. A. (2001). Der Schwerkraft ausgeliefert: Eine interstellare Komposition. In All Design - Leben im schwerelosen Raum . Exhibition held at the Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, Switzerland. 3 Vakoch, D. A. (2002). Communicating existential accounts of human finitude and being-with-others in interstellar messages. Paper presented at the Workshop on the Art and Science of Interstellar Message Composition, Paris, France. 4 Vakoch, D. A. (1998). Signs of life beyond Earth: A semiotic analysis of interstellar messages. Leonardo, 31, 313-319.