Global Periphery: A Journey Through Space Imaginaries


Global Periphery, Contemporary Imaginaries of Outer Space, Multiple Voices

Friday Sept 23rd – Saturday Sept 24th 2022

Cité Internationale des Arts – 18, rue de l’Hôtel de Ville – Paris

14h00 – 19h00

Free upon registration

Global Periphery: a symposium and performance exploring contemporary imaginaries of outer space through examples of artistic creations and of space activities with voices from multiple continents and locations.

The current space competition —business, research, activities of all kinds— is world wide but the dominant narrative still comes from the USA. The space iconography is strongly NASA/Hollywood-driven.

What are the other narratives?

Who are the « others’s voices »?

What do they say?

What can be said?

The Global Periphery event intends to contribute to give voice to some of those other voices, to work together, to hybridized, to raise questions.

Global Periphery deals with the contemporary imaginaries of outer space, the existing ones, through examples, experiences and activities of both artists and cultural players on the one hand and engineers, scientists and the space sector on the other.

Participants: Eleanor Armstrong (UK/SE), Fabiane Borges (BR), Rohini Devasher (IN), Davis Cook (ZA), Oulimata Gueye (SN/FR, tbc), Michelle Hanlon (USA), Eduardo Kac (USA/BR), Susmita Mohanty (IN), Ale de la Puente (MX), Yoko Shimizu (JP/AT), Frédérique Aït Touati (FR).

Global Periphery is also about building together new imaginaries, with the Imaginary Futures project by Marcus Neustetter, an online/on site performance, semi improvised with 6 artists in South Africa and one performer in Paris.

Participants: Initiator and host artist Marcus Neustetter ; live performer in Paris Fatou Cissé ; performers in different parts of South Africa, Thulisile Princess Binda, Xolisile Bongwana, Miné Kleynhans, Aja Marneweck, Sifiso Teddy Mhlambi, Ciara Struwig.

Global Periphery co-curators: Annick Bureaud and Marcus Neustetter.

Global Periphery is part of More-Than-Planet project, an international cooperation project between Stichting Waag Society (NL), lead partner, Zavod Projekt Atol (SI), Ars Electronica (AT), Digital Art International ART2M (FR), Northern Photographic Centre (FI) and Leonardo/Olats (FR).

Global Periphery is organised by Leonardo/Olats

Collaborations with Chaire arts & sciences, Ecole polytechnique and Ensad (FR)

Endorsed by ITACCUS, the Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space of the IAF-International Astronautical Federation.

Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Leonardo/Olats received the support from the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, the Canadian Cultural Center in Paris and the Institut Français India.



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