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COSMIC PERSPECTIVES // A (C)osmosis Art in-between Disciplines

Melanie King, Louise Beer, Rebecca Huxley, Becky Lyon, Natasha Sabatini and Hannah Pratt have collaborated on a paper titled “Cosmic Perspectives” for “A (C)osmosis Art in-between Disciplines”, edited by Dr Ioannis Michaloudis and Dr Yuri Tanaka. There is a forward by Frank White. ”Cosmic Perspectives” looks back at Lumen’s 2018 Cosmic Perspectives exhibition at Ugly Duck, We discuss our inspirations for the exhibition as well as individual artworks.

“A (C)osmosis Art in-between Disciplines” ISBN: 1-5275-7163-7 ISBN13: 978-1-5275-7163-1 Release Date: 13th August 2021 Pages: 160 Price: £61.99 Purchase here. The relationship of humankind to the cosmos has a very long history, and has raised many more questions than can be adequately answered. Why has the cosmos been a source of awe and wonder since the beginning of civilisations? How are the arts of today related to our engagement with the cosmos? Who are the contemporary practitioners working in this field? This volume is the first publication on this particular theme written for a general audience, and initiates a discourse on art inspired and driven by the fact that humans are enthusiastic observers of Earth and the universe surrounding it. Furthermore, by proposing the parenthetic idea of (C)osmosis Art, the book serves to introduce a new conceptual framework intrigued and inspired by the interactions between art, science and technology Dr Ioannis Michaloudis has experimented with NASA’s nanomaterial silica aerogel as a sculptural medium, and is the first visual artist worldwide using this ethereal material in art. Although originally designed as a space technology material to capture stardust and act as a spacecraft insulator, he has resituated this material into a practice which is allegorical of the creation of sky, clouds and the ether. Yuri Tanaka is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Tokyo University of the Arts, where she received her PhD. She is also a Visiting Researcher at Kyoto City University of Arts, a Visiting Scientist at CERN, and the Head of the Cosmic Art Research Committee. Her work pursues the creation of a collaboration mediated by ‘the universe’ as a mutually acceptable idea among diverse experts.

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