12 January “A Cosmonaut’s Trip” London ICA

Cosmonauts Birth of Space Age
Cosmonauts Birth of Space Age

What a great event…I will be there!

From the website for “A Cosmonaut’s Trip”

12 January “A Cosmonaut’s Trip”
Cinema 1, 8:30pm
BOOK TICKETS via ICA website (£7-£11)

Focusing on the immensity of sights of deep space, ‘A Cosmonaut’s Trip’ features archival footage by pioneers of early cinema alongside animation and contemporary artists’ moving image works. In parallel with the Cosmonauts’ exhibition currently at the Science Museum, this film programme investigates cinematic reactions to outer space, from the first footage filmed through a telescope to contemporary works by artists interested in topics such as gravity and its loss, space exploration and representation of the limitless.

Man has had, since antiquity, a fascination with space. The possibilities of spaceflight and interplanetary travel have been visualised for centuries. Rockets, spacecrafts, cosmonauts and camera systems were sent into space across the 1960s. But before then, since the beginning of the medium of film, a compulsion to address the scientific ‘distant’ showed a fundamental curiosity to explore the unknown.

With the aim to visually recreate the movement ‘outwards’ from ground level to the void and vastness of the cosmos, the film programme is structured to bring the viewer further and further with each work, starting from the detachment from Earth and heading towards the depths of outer space.

Programme curated by Giulia Saccogna. 
With introductions by Doug Millard, Senior Curator of the ‘Cosmonauts’ exhibition at the Science Museum, and Dr Mike Allen, Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London and author of ‘Live From the Moon: Film, Television and the Space Race’.

LSFF Special Event, presented by MicroMacro Film.


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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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