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.
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.