“Art in Orbit” until 6 June 2015, Quito Ecuador

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QuitoArt, postcolonialism, outer space… in my old stomping grounds of Quito! What I would give to be able to go! (The accompanying photo is my own, of the Quito skyline in 1999 when I studied there…)

From the “Art in Orbit” website:

Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Quito, Ecuador
07.03.15 – 06.06.15
Curators : Pedro SolerFabiane Borges

“I’m just a Refugee.. Who tried hard to stand up to become as any human in this world.. is to dream better future.”  Aysha J. Sal’ous, Palestinian Space Agency

Since immemorial times outer space has been a  place for the production of imaginaries, mythologies, research, observation and social organization. Space has always structured our societies, and now more than ever when the satellites are the infrastructure of a hegemonic capitalism, imposing speed and compression to the planet. Space research is thus a fertile, and necessary, field for artistic and technical intervention.

The exhibition shows artworks of artists and collectives from the peripheries – installations, agencies and artworks – with a clear postcolonial perspective. Quito was already a center of astronomical observation in pre-Hispanic times so the exhibition connects contemporary technologies and imaginations of space to traditional knowledge and techniques.

The reading room features a selection of films that portray our relationship with space since the beginning of the twentieth century and texts that permit us to broaden our understanding. Practical research workshops involve the public.

“The observation of day and night, of the rotation of months and years, of the equinox and solstice, is the origen of the invention of number, and has given us the notion of time and the study of the natural world, from which we have derived all philosophy, so no greater favor has been done or ever will be done than the gift of the sky. ” Plato, Timaeus.

 

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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.