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The Arts Catalyst

The Arts Catalyst is a science-art agency that aims to extend the relationship between the arts and science. It organises and promotes exchange and collaborations between artists and scientists, and research in multidisciplinary laboratory situations. Events including exhibitions, education and critical debate, which are presented in a range of arts, science and public venues. Our funding contributes to core costs and artistic programming.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £266,852
  • 2013-2014: £272,990
  • 2014-2015: £280,088

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A Brief History of Drinking in Space

A BRIEF HISTORY OF DRINKIING IN SPACE presented by super/collider with Bompas & Parr and The Gourmand as part of the programme for The Arts Catalyst's Republic of the Moon exhibition in London To date, there has been relatively little consumption of alcohol in space and on the Moon, but that could be set to change. With space tourism taking off, new lunar missions on the horizon and manned expeditions aiming further into space -- with all its stresses -- could a new era of zero gravity libations be next? Sam Bompas of Bompas & Parr and David Lane of The Gourmand speculate about the past, present and future of alcohol in space. From Buzz Aldrin's legendary Holy Communion on the Moon to sherry experiments aboard Skylab and ceremonial 'vodka' consumption aboard the ISS, we'll discuss the secret history of a slightly tipsy space age and ask what role our favourite poison will play in the future colonisation of the moon. Event includes sampling Bompas & Parr's unique Parabolic Sherry, created exclusively for super/collider's POP ROCK MOON SHOP®, based on Skylab-era research about alcohol in space. In the 70s, NASA spent about half a million dollars studying which wines would be the best accompaniment for astronauts' space food -- even commissioning Californian oenologists to recommend the ultimate orbital wine and food pairing. Their suggestion? A medium sherry. It's high alcohol content means that that it stands up to the violence of blast off and travels well. The choice mirrors sherry's earlier history as a wine popularised by adventurer Francis Drake and appreciated by the British for centuries due to its robustness in travel. As bottles aren't allowed in space for safety reasons, Bompas & Parr's ultra limited-edition sherry is packaged in a space-worthy plastic pouch ready for extraterrestrial consumption, in moderation.

Global Lunar Day, Joanna Griffin

Global Lunar Day, symposium An afternoon symposium investigating international cultural approaches to the Moon as part of The Arts Catalyst's Republic of the Moon exhibition at Bargehouse, Southbank, London 10 January - 2 February 2014. The launch of India's Chandraayan-1 and the (projected) first soft landing on the moon since 1976 by the Chinese Space agency's Chang 'E-3 has shifted the global perspective on lunar exploration. What are the implications of the new wave of lunar missions by former developing countries? How does this affect the cultural perspective worldwide on the Moon and what does this mean to people who live in non-western countries? A panel of commentators from the science, engineering and art worlds give their opinions during the final weekend of The Arts Catalyst's Republic of the Moon exhibition. Moderator: Dr Jill Stuart (Executive Editor of Space Policy) Prof Bernard Foing (Executive Director, International Lunar Exploration Working Group) Bijal (Bee) Thakore (engineer and member of Board of Directors, Planetary Society) Dr Marek Kukula (Public Astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich) Joanna Griffin (Artist, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India and Transtechnology Research Group, Plymouth University, UK). Support Republic of the Moon is a touring exhibition, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst with FACT. The first version of the exhibition was presented at FACT Liverpool in winter 2012. The exhibition and residency has been made possible with Grants for the Arts support from Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council. Bargehouse is owned and managed by social enterprise, Coin Street Community Builders: www.coinstreet.org

Global Lunar Day, Marek Kukula

Global Lunar Day, symposium An afternoon symposium investigating international cultural approaches to the Moon as part of The Arts Catalyst's Republic of the Moon exhibition at Bargehouse, Southbank, London 10 January - 2 February 2014. The launch of India's Chandraayan-1 and the (projected) first soft landing on the moon since 1976 by the Chinese Space agency's Chang 'E-3 has shifted the global perspective on lunar exploration. What are the implications of the new wave of lunar missions by former developing countries? How does this affect the cultural perspective worldwide on the Moon and what does this mean to people who live in non-western countries? A panel of commentators from the science, engineering and art worlds discuss. Saturday 1 February 2014, 2-5pm Moderator: Dr Jill Stuart (Executive Editor of Space Policy) • Prof Bernard Foing (Executive Director, International Lunar Exploration Working Group) • Bijal (Bee) Thakore (engineer and member of Board of Directors, Planetary Society) • Dr Marek Kukula (Public Astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich) • Joanna Griffin (artist and researcher Srishti School of Art, Bangalore, Transtech). Support Republic of the Moon is a touring exhibition, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst with FACT. The first version of the exhibition was presented at FACT Liverpool in winter 2012. The exhibition and residency has been made possible with Grants for the Arts support from Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council. Bargehouse is owned and managed by social enterprise, Coin Street Community Builders: www.coinstreet.org

Global Lunar Day Q&As

Global Lunar Day, symposium An afternoon symposium investigating international cultural approaches to the Moon as part of The Arts Catalyst's Republic of the Moon exhibition at Bargehouse, Southbank, London 10 January - 2 February 2014. The launch of India's Chandraayan-1 and the (projected) first soft landing on the moon since 1976 by the Chinese Space agency's Chang 'E-3 has shifted the global perspective on lunar exploration. What are the implications of the new wave of lunar missions by former developing countries? How does this affect the cultural perspective worldwide on the Moon and what does this mean to people who live in non-western countries? A panel of commentators from the science, engineering and art worlds discuss. Saturday 1 February 2014, 2-5pm Moderator: Dr Jill Stuart (Executive Editor of Space Policy) • Prof Bernard Foing (Executive Director, International Lunar Exploration Working Group) • Bijal (Bee) Thakore (engineer and member of Board of Directors, Planetary Society) • Dr Marek Kukula (Public Astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich) • Joanna Griffin (artist and researcher Srishti School of Art, Bangalore, Transtech). Support Republic of the Moon is a touring exhibition, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst with FACT. The first version of the exhibition was presented at FACT Liverpool in winter 2012. The exhibition and residency has been made possible with Grants for the Arts support from Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council. Bargehouse is owned and managed by social enterprise, Coin Street Community Builders: www.coinstreet.org

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Global Lunar Day, Dr Bernard Foing

Global Lunar Day, symposium An afternoon symposium investigating international cultural approaches to the Moon as part of The Arts Catalyst's Republic of the Moon exhibition at Bargehouse, Southbank, London 10 January - 2 February 2014. The launch of India's Chandraayan-1 and the (projected) first soft landing on the moon since 1976 by the Chinese Space agency's Chang 'E-3 has shifted the global perspective on lunar exploration. What are the implications of the new wave of lunar missions by former developing countries? How does this affect the cultural perspective worldwide on the Moon and what does this mean to people who live in non-western countries? A panel of commentators from the science, engineering and art worlds discuss. Saturday 1 February 2014, 2-5pm Moderator: Dr Jill Stuart (Executive Editor of Space Policy) • Prof Bernard Foing (Executive Director, International Lunar Exploration Working Group) • Bijal (Bee) Thakore (engineer and member of Board of Directors, Planetary Society) • Dr Marek Kukula (Public Astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich) • Joanna Griffin (artist and researcher Srishti School of Art, Bangalore, Transtech). Support Republic of the Moon is a touring exhibition, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst with FACT. The first version of the exhibition was presented at FACT Liverpool in winter 2012. The exhibition and residency has been made possible with Grants for the Arts support from Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council. Bargehouse is owned and managed by social enterprise, Coin Street Community Builders: www.coinstreet.org

Global Lunar Day, Bee Hayes Thakore

Global Lunar Day, symposium An afternoon symposium investigating international cultural approaches to the Moon as part of The Arts Catalyst's Republic of the Moon exhibition at Bargehouse, Southbank, London 10 January - 2 February 2014. The launch of India's Chandraayan-1 and the (projected) first soft landing on the moon since 1976 by the Chinese Space agency's Chang 'E-3 has shifted the global perspective on lunar exploration. What are the implications of the new wave of lunar missions by former developing countries? How does this affect the cultural perspective worldwide on the Moon and what does this mean to people who live in non-western countries? A panel of commentators from the science, engineering and art worlds discuss. Saturday 1 February 2014, 2-5pm Moderator: Dr Jill Stuart (Executive Editor of Space Policy) • Prof Bernard Foing (Executive Director, International Lunar Exploration Working Group) • Bijal (Bee) Thakore (engineer and member of Board of Directors, Planetary Society) • Dr Marek Kukula (Public Astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich) • Joanna Griffin (artist and researcher Srishti School of Art, Bangalore, Transtech). Support Republic of the Moon is a touring exhibition, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst with FACT. The first version of the exhibition was presented at FACT Liverpool in winter 2012. The exhibition and residency has been made possible with Grants for the Arts support from Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council. Bargehouse is owned and managed by social enterprise, Coin Street Community Builders: www.coinstreet.org

Kosmica Full Moon Party Part 6, Jill Stuart

KOSMICA: Full Moon Party celebration as part of the Republic of the Moon exhibition programme. 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. Jill Stuart (space politics specialist) Dr Jill Stuart is Fellow in Global Politics at the London School of Economics, and reviews editor for the journal Global Policy. She researches law, politics and theory of outer space exploration and exploitation. Her interests extend to the way terrestrial politics and conceptualisations such as sovereignty are projected into outer space, and how outer space potentially plays a role in reconstituting how those politics and conceptualisations are understood in terrestrial politics. www.lse.ac.uk/researchAndExpertise/Experts/profile, www.globalpolicyjournal.com/videos/dr-jill-stuart-outer-space-politics The evening will offer visitors a chance to see the exhibition and enjoy talks by: Also speaking at the event were: - Lucie Green (space scientist) - Tomas Saraceno (artist) - Kevin Fong (space medicine expert) WE COLONISED THE MOON (artists) Live moon smelling Orchestra Elastique (music) live performance accompanying A trip to the Moon by Georges Méliès Republic of the Moon is a touring exhibition, commissioned and presented by The Arts Catalyst with FACT. The first version of the exhibition was presented at FACT Liverpool in winter 2012. The exhibition and residency has been made possible with Grants for the Arts support from Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council. Bargehouse is owned and managed by social enterprise, Coin Street Community Builders: www.coinstreet.org

Kosmica Full Moon Party Part 5, Kevin Fong

KOSMICA: Full Moon Party celebration as part of the Republic of the Moon exhibition programme. 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. Kevin Fong (space medicine expert) Kevin is the co-director of the Centre for Aviation Space and Extreme Environment Medicine (CASE Medicine), at University College London. Also he has been the presenter of the BBC2 science programme, Horizon and of Extreme A&E at Channel 4. Walking on the Moon (article) The evening will offer visitors a chance to see the exhibition and enjoy talks by: Also speaking at the event were: - Lucie Green (space scientist) - Tomas Saraceno (artist) - Jill Stuart (space politics specialist) WE COLONISED THE MOON (artists) Live moon smelling Orchestra Elastique (music) live performance accompanying A trip to the Moon by Georges Méliès Republic of the Moon is a touring exhibition, commissioned and presented by The Arts Catalyst with FACT. The first version of the exhibition was presented at FACT Liverpool in winter 2012. The exhibition and residency has been made possible with Grants for the Arts support from Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council. Bargehouse is owned and managed by social enterprise, Coin Street Community Builders: www.coinstreet.org

Kosmica Full Moon Party Part 4, Live Moon Smelling with WE COLONISED THE MOON

KOSMICA: Full Moon Party celebration as part of the Republic of the Moon exhibition programme. 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. WE COLONISED THE MOON (artists) This duo formed by Sue Corke and Hagen Betzwieser returns to KOSMICA to present the largest Moon smelling session ever done on our planet. Together they seek to demonstrate that the future may indeed be frightening, but also highly entertaining. Previous projects have included creating solutions for space waste elimination by disguising satellites as asteroids; building a solar powered solarium because 'the sun dies anyway' and synthesising the smell of the moon. As well as projects and exhibitions the duo also give regular performance lectures and workshops. www.wecolonisedthemoon.com/ The evening will offer visitors a chance to see the exhibition and enjoy talks by: Also speaking at the event were: - Lucie Green (space scientist) - Tomas Saraceno (artist) - Kevin Fong (space medicine expert) - Jill Stuart (space politics specialist) WE COLONISED THE MOON (artists) Live moon smelling Orchestra Elastique (music) live performance accompanying A trip to the Moon by Georges Méliès Republic of the Moon is a touring exhibition, commissioned and presented by The Arts Catalyst with FACT. The first version of the exhibition was presented at FACT Liverpool in winter 2012. The exhibition and residency has been made possible with Grants for the Arts support from Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council. Bargehouse is owned and managed by social enterprise, Coin Street Community Builders: www.coinstreet.org

Kosmica Full Moon Party Part 3 Tomas Saraceno

KOSMICA: Full Moon Party celebration as part of the Republic of the Moon exhibition programme. 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. Tomas Saraceno (artist) Trained as an architect, since 2002 Tomas Saraceno has been developing his ideas for cities built in the air. His ongoing project Air-Port-City imagines a network of biospheres (or habitable cells) in the sky, like clouds, constantly moving, changing shape, and merging with one another. www.tomassaraceno.com/ The evening will offer visitors a chance to see the exhibition and enjoy talks by: Also speaking at the event were: - Lucie Green (space scientist) - Kevin Fong (space medicine expert) - Jill Stuart (space politics specialist) WE COLONISED THE MOON (artists) Live moon smelling Orchestra Elastique (music) live performance accompanying A trip to the Moon by Georges Méliès Republic of the Moon is a touring exhibition, commissioned and presented by The Arts Catalyst with FACT. The first version of the exhibition was presented at FACT Liverpool in winter 2012. The exhibition and residency has been made possible with Grants for the Arts support from Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council. Bargehouse is owned and managed by social enterprise, Coin Street Community Builders: www.coinstreet.org

Kosmica Full Moon Party Jan 2014 #1 Introductions by Nicola Triscott

KOSMICA: Full Moon Party celebration as part of the Republic of the Moon exhibition programme. 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. Introductions by Nicola Triscott, Rob La Frenais and Nahum Mantra of The Arts Catalyst. The evening will offer visitors a chance to see the exhibition and enjoy talks by: Also speaking at the event were: - Lucie Green (space scientist) - Tomas Saraceno (artist) - Kevin Fong (space medicine expert) - Jill Stuart (space politics specialist) WE COLONISED THE MOON (artists) Live moon smelling Orchestra Elastique (music) live performance accompanying A trip to the Moon by Georges Méliès Republic of the Moon is a touring exhibition, commissioned and presented by The Arts Catalyst with FACT. The first version of the exhibition was presented at FACT Liverpool in winter 2012. The exhibition and residency has been made possible with Grants for the Arts support from Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council. Bargehouse is owned and managed by social enterprise, Coin Street Community Builders: www.coinstreet.org

Kosmica Full Moon Party Part 2, Lucie Green, 16 January 2014

KOSMICA: Full Moon Party celebration as part of the Republic of the Moon exhibition programme. 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. The evening will offer visitors a chance to see the exhibition and enjoy talks by: Lucie Green (space scientist) Lucie is based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL's Department of Space and Climate Physics. She sits on the board of the European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) of the European Physical Society and is a member of the Royal Society's Education Committee. www.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/~lmg/Welcome.html Also speaking at the event were: - Tomas Saraceno (artist) - Kevin Fong (space medicine expert) - Jill Stuart (space politics specialist) WE COLONISED THE MOON (artists) Live moon smelling Orchestra Elastique (music) live performance accompanying A trip to the Moon by Georges Méliès Republic of the Moon is a touring exhibition, commissioned and presented by The Arts Catalyst with FACT. The first version of the exhibition was presented at FACT Liverpool in winter 2012. The exhibition and residency has been made possible with Grants for the Arts support from Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council. Bargehouse is owned and managed by social enterprise, Coin Street Community Builders: www.coinstreet.org

SEFT1, Los Ferronautas (English)

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador. The vehicle's premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool. On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route. SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with Abandon Normal Devices Festival, Liverpool 2013. AND Festival opening - Thursday 3 October, 6.30pm, Ropewalks Square, Liverpool, The Future of Transport - talk by Los Ferronautas, Saturday 5 October, 4-5pm, AND Festival Hub, Liverpool http://www.artscatalyst.org/projects/detail/seft-1_los_ferronautas/

Konfirm, Jon Adams residency, Autism Research Centre

Documentary film about Konfirm, a research project by artists Jon Adams. Adams' artwork explores sense and sensitivity through the 'hidden' and plays with perceptions of normal and the inaccessible. A geologist by training, Adams' seeking of the concealed in his art often reveals his naturally systematic thinking: his inclination and ability to uncover systems within everyday interactions and landscapes. In this residency and research project, Jon Adams sets out on a personal, artistic and scientific investigation of his own Asperger's Syndrome, through a series of conversations, observations and experiments, working in collaboration with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Rather than a specific pathology, Baron-Cohen sees autism as being on a continuum in the general population. He proposes that certain features of autistic people - 'obsessions' and repetitive behaviour - previously regarded as purposeless, are conversely highly purposive, intelligent (hyper-systemising), and a sign of a different way of thinking. He argues that high-functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome need not just lead to disability, but can also lead to talent. Read Jon Adams' residency blog here http://www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking/projects/single/2266871 This collaborative research project has emerged from an initial meeting between Jon Adams and Simon Baron-Cohen at an Arts Catalyst/Shape project Alternative Ways of Thinking: Exploring the Autistic Mind at the Cheltenham Science Festival in 2011.

HeHe, 'Fracking Futures', 2013

Fracking Futures - a spectacular artwork and mini-disaster by the Paris-based artist duo Hehe, (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen), who in collaboration with The Arts Catalyst, turned FACT Liverpool's main gallery into an industrial landscape in a timely, playful and provocative commentary on crises of global economy, threats of environmental catastrophe and struggles of public institutions in times of austerity. The Prix Ars Electronica award-winners, HeHe, warn the drilling could result in unquantifiable subterranean noise as tectonic plates shift, minor ground tremors are a possibility, and diluted chemicals used during the fracking process will be sprayed into the air as they mischievously turn FACT's main gallery into a temporary, experimental drilling site for hydraulic fracturing on a micro scale. HeHe use a language based on light, sound and image, their practice explores the relationship between the individual and their architectural, social and urban environment, often creating playful miniature representations of vehicles or intervening directly with light projections and large-scale visual interruptions. They make a provocative commentary on crises of global economy, threats of environmental catastrophes and struggles of public institutions in times of austerity. This multi-sensory installation highlights the importance and current relevance of the debates surrounding the fracking process, which are not only significant environmentally, but also economically. The installation refrains from making judgements for or against fracking, rather offering a platform for starting a discussion. Fracking Futures not only illustrates the potential dangers and disruptions of the process, but also considers fracking as an alternative source of energy and subsequent potential for commerce and growth. Whether this last point is genuine or tongue-in-cheek is for the visitor to decide.... Part of FACT's 10th anniversary exhibition Turning FACT Inside Out until 15 September 2013 at FACT, Liverpool. For further showings see www.artscatalyst.org

Fracking Futures, HeHe

Fracking's this year's big story and artists HeHe (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen), are shaking audiences in Liverpool by mischeviously transforming the gallery into an industrial landscape. This playful and provocative commentary on crises of global economy, threats of environmental catastrophe and struggles of public institutions in times of austerity invites audiences to experience a sound, light and sensory installation which warns drilling could result in minor ground tremors and pollution from diluted chemicals used in the fracking process. HeHe mischievously turn FACT's Gallery into a temporary, experimental drilling site for hydraulic fracturing on a micro scale until 15 September 2013. HeHe use a language based on light, sound and image, their practice explores the relationship between the individual and their architectural, social and urban environment, often creating playful miniature representations of vehicles or intervening directly with light projections and large-scale visual interruptions. They make a provocative commentary on crises of global economy, threats of environmental catastrophes and struggles of public institutions in times of austerity. They hope this multi-sensory installation will highlight the importance and current relevance of the debates surrounding the fracking process, which are not only significant environmentally, but also economically. The installation will refrain from making judgements for or against fracking, rather offering a platform on which discussion can begin. artscatalyst.org/projects/detail/hehe_fracking_futures/

HeHe, M Blem at AND Festival 2012

An artist-designed autonomous vehicle for personal rail travel. An Arts Catalyst / AND commission. HeHe's public art interventions are internationally renowned, from 'Nuage Vert', highlighting factory emissions with interactive laser light to 'Is there is a Horizon in the Deepwater', a miniaturised global disaster scenario satirising popular responses to ecological issues. Their 'Toy Emissions' video also lampooned American SUV (sports utility vehicle) culture and its critics at the same time. HeHe (Heiko Hansen and Helen Evans) have been working on the 'Train Project' for a number of years, criticising the car as the only option for autonomous transport. They propose personal rail travel as a temporary imaginary prototype taking the problem of locomotion as a starting point. The notion of personal rail travel has been explored as an alternative to collective transportation since the 1930s, Bruno Latour for example, reflected on the failure of Aramis (Agencement en Rames Automatisées de Modules Indépendants dans les Stations), France's ambitious attempt to develop a personal rapid transit system in his book 'Aramis, or the Love of Technology'. The 'Train Project' has seen HeHe develop temporary autonomous vehicles in the form of performances on unused or abandoned rail tracks. The AND Festival 2012 commission 'M-blem' follows interventions in Istanbul -- 'Tapis Volant', a battery-powered flying carpet, 'H Line' on New York's abandoned High-Line and 'Petite Ceinture' on the little belt that encircles Paris. HeHe's new vehicle celebrates the birthplace of the world's first recognisable modern railway - the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (L&MR) - which opened in 1830. Inspired by AB Clayton's painting of the inaugural journey of the L&MR which illustrates a series of small open-topped passenger carriages on the track outside Manchester's Liverpool Road station, HeHe will run their vehicle 'M-blem' on this historic track, now part of Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry. In a participatory project mixing past and future, HeHe will present their mobile, light-weight, electric wheel-set along with solar charging stations, platform, signs and passenger vehicle referencing the original carriages but using modern materials for AND Festival visitors and passengers.

The Living World: Animism in The 21st Century - Dr Robert Wallis

How does our relationship to the world change if everything is alive? --- Author Erik Davis and historian of shamanism Robert Wallis discuss traditional and contemporary approaches to animism and consider what it means to be an animist in an age when our technologies increasingly take on the semblance of life. In the second part of the evening, Erik Davis read with a live modular synthesizer accompaniment from The Asterism and MISTY. With live and found sounds sculpted by the application of multiple random voltages, MISTY will be free to express its soul. Erik Davis is an American cultural critic, scholar and journalist, in his recent catalogue essay Mark Leckey's exhibition The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things he describes a world exploding with technologies, products, and material processes that challenge our conceptual categories with their apparent intelligence and animation. Also author of Nomad Codes, Techgnosis, The Visionary State and Led Zeppelin, Erik Davis' work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals and magazines. Robert Wallis is an author, art historian and academic specialising in contemporary and historical shamanic practices. He is the author of 'Shamans / neo-Shamans:Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans' and has contributed to and edited numerous books and journals on the subject.

The Living World: Animism in The 21st Century - Dr Robert Wallis and Erik Davis Discussion

How does our relationship to the world change if everything is alive? --- Author Erik Davis and historian of shamanism Robert Wallis discuss traditional and contemporary approaches to animism and consider what it means to be an animist in an age when our technologies increasingly take on the semblance of life. In the second part of the evening, Erik Davis read with a live modular synthesizer accompaniment from The Asterism and MISTY. With live and found sounds sculpted by the application of multiple random voltages, MISTY will be free to express its soul. Erik Davis is an American cultural critic, scholar and journalist, in his recent catalogue essay Mark Leckey's exhibition The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things he describes a world exploding with technologies, products, and material processes that challenge our conceptual categories with their apparent intelligence and animation. Also author of Nomad Codes, Techgnosis, The Visionary State and Led Zeppelin, Erik Davis' work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals and magazines. Robert Wallis is an author, art historian and academic specialising in contemporary and historical shamanic practices. He is the author of 'Shamans / neo-Shamans:Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans' and has contributed to and edited numerous books and journals on the subject.

The Living World: Animism in The 21st Century - Erik Davis, Mark Pilkington and MISTY performance

How does our relationship to the world change if everything is alive? --- Author Erik Davis and historian of shamanism Robert Wallis discuss traditional and contemporary approaches to animism and consider what it means to be an animist in an age when our technologies increasingly take on the semblance of life. In the second part of the evening, Erik Davis read with a live modular synthesizer accompaniment from The Asterism and MISTY. With live and found sounds sculpted by the application of multiple random voltages, MISTY will be free to express its soul. Erik Davis is an American cultural critic, scholar and journalist, in his recent catalogue essay Mark Leckey's exhibition The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things he describes a world exploding with technologies, products, and material processes that challenge our conceptual categories with their apparent intelligence and animation. Also author of Nomad Codes, Techgnosis, The Visionary State and Led Zeppelin, Erik Davis' work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals and magazines. Robert Wallis is an author, art historian and academic specialising in contemporary and historical shamanic practices. He is the author of 'Shamans / neo-Shamans:Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans' and has contributed to and edited numerous books and journals on the subject.

The Living World: Animism in The 21st Century - Final Q+A

How does our relationship to the world change if everything is alive? --- Author Erik Davis and historian of shamanism Robert Wallis discuss traditional and contemporary approaches to animism and consider what it means to be an animist in an age when our technologies increasingly take on the semblance of life. In the second part of the evening, Erik Davis read with a live modular synthesizer accompaniment from The Asterism and MISTY. With live and found sounds sculpted by the application of multiple random voltages, MISTY will be free to express its soul. Erik Davis is an American cultural critic, scholar and journalist, in his recent catalogue essay Mark Leckey's exhibition The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things he describes a world exploding with technologies, products, and material processes that challenge our conceptual categories with their apparent intelligence and animation. Also author of Nomad Codes, Techgnosis, The Visionary State and Led Zeppelin, Erik Davis' work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals and magazines. Robert Wallis is an author, art historian and academic specialising in contemporary and historical shamanic practices. He is the author of 'Shamans / neo-Shamans:Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans' and has contributed to and edited numerous books and journals on the subject.

The Language of Cetaceans - Introduction and Mark Peter Simmonds

n this special event, artist Ariel Guzik, who is representing Mexico in the 2013 Venice Biennale, presents his long-term project communicating with whales and dolphins (cetaceans). Environmental scientist and campaigner Mark Simmonds discusses the role of sound in cetacean society and the impact of sonar and noise pollution. Ariel Guzik is an artist, musician and inventor. He designs and makes resonance instruments, which are used to enable interaction between human beings and nature through sensation and emotion, and creates installations and performances. For the last ten years, Guzik has concentrated his efforts in searching for a way of communicating with cetaceans. With a group of collaborators, he has undertaken several expeditions to contact grey whales and bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Baja California. In 2007, Guzik completed the construction of the first prototype of an underwater capsule, Nereida, a musical instrument to interact with cetaceans. Guzik will make a presentation about his work with cetaceans, immediately following his visit to the North of Scotland to meet bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth, the research phase of a new project with The Arts Catalyst. Mark Peter Simmonds is an environmental scientist and marine biologist, specialising in the problems facing marine mammals in the 21st century. He is currently the Senior Marine Associate Scientist with the Humane Society International (HSI) and was previously the International Director of Science at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Simmonds will speak about cetacean communication and the threats to these creatures caused by the increasing emissions of loud noise both deliberately and incidentally into our seas and oceans.

The Language of Cetaceans - Mark Peter Simmonds Q&A

In this special event, artist Ariel Guzik, who is representing Mexico in the 2013 Venice Biennale, presents his long-term project communicating with whales and dolphins (cetaceans). Environmental scientist and campaigner Mark Simmonds discusses the role of sound in cetacean society and the impact of sonar and noise pollution. Ariel Guzik is an artist, musician and inventor. He designs and makes resonance instruments, which are used to enable interaction between human beings and nature through sensation and emotion, and creates installations and performances. For the last ten years, Guzik has concentrated his efforts in searching for a way of communicating with cetaceans. With a group of collaborators, he has undertaken several expeditions to contact grey whales and bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Baja California. In 2007, Guzik completed the construction of the first prototype of an underwater capsule, Nereida, a musical instrument to interact with cetaceans. Guzik will make a presentation about his work with cetaceans, immediately following his visit to the North of Scotland to meet bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth, the research phase of a new project with The Arts Catalyst. Mark Peter Simmonds is an environmental scientist and marine biologist, specialising in the problems facing marine mammals in the 21st century. He is currently the Senior Marine Associate Scientist with the Humane Society International (HSI) and was previously the International Director of Science at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Simmonds will speak about cetacean communication and the threats to these creatures caused by the increasing emissions of loud noise both deliberately and incidentally into our seas and oceans.

Ariel Guzik - The Language of Cetaceans July 2013

In this special event, artist Ariel Guzik, who is representing Mexico in the 2013 Venice Biennale, presents his long-term project communicating with whales and dolphins (cetaceans). Environmental scientist and campaigner Mark Simmonds discusses the role of sound in cetacean society and the impact of sonar and noise pollution. Ariel Guzik is an artist, musician and inventor. He designs and makes resonance instruments, which are used to enable interaction between human beings and nature through sensation and emotion, and creates installations and performances. For the last ten years, Guzik has concentrated his efforts in searching for a way of communicating with cetaceans. With a group of collaborators, he has undertaken several expeditions to contact grey whales and bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Baja California. In 2007, Guzik completed the construction of the first prototype of an underwater capsule, Nereida, a musical instrument to interact with cetaceans. Guzik will make a presentation about his work with cetaceans, immediately following his visit to the North of Scotland to meet bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth, the research phase of a new project with The Arts Catalyst. Mark Peter Simmonds is an environmental scientist and marine biologist, specialising in the problems facing marine mammals in the 21st century. He is currently the Senior Marine Associate Scientist with the Humane Society International (HSI) and was previously the International Director of Science at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Simmonds will speak about cetacean communication and the threats to these creatures caused by the increasing emissions of loud noise both deliberately and incidentally into our seas and oceans.

The Language of Cetaceans - Ariel Guzik Q&A

In this special event, artist Ariel Guzik, who is representing Mexico in the 2013 Venice Biennale, presents his long-term project communicating with whales and dolphins (cetaceans). Environmental scientist and campaigner Mark Simmonds discusses the role of sound in cetacean society and the impact of sonar and noise pollution. Ariel Guzik is an artist, musician and inventor. He designs and makes resonance instruments, which are used to enable interaction between human beings and nature through sensation and emotion, and creates installations and performances. For the last ten years, Guzik has concentrated his efforts in searching for a way of communicating with cetaceans. With a group of collaborators, he has undertaken several expeditions to contact grey whales and bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Baja California. In 2007, Guzik completed the construction of the first prototype of an underwater capsule, Nereida, a musical instrument to interact with cetaceans. Guzik will make a presentation about his work with cetaceans, immediately following his visit to the North of Scotland to meet bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth, the research phase of a new project with The Arts Catalyst. Mark Peter Simmonds is an environmental scientist and marine biologist, specialising in the problems facing marine mammals in the 21st century. He is currently the Senior Marine Associate Scientist with the Humane Society International (HSI) and was previously the International Director of Science at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Simmonds will speak about cetacean communication and the threats to these creatures caused by the increasing emissions of loud noise both deliberately and incidentally into our seas and oceans.

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