Kosmika 20 June in London

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Wednesday 20 June 2012, 7-10pm

June’s KOSMICAthe Microgravity Sessions will feature exclusively speakers who have floated in the air in zero gravity. We can guarantee that all participants have undergone at least 10 parabolas in a diving aircraft! Previously a resource solely available to trainee astronauts and scientists, pioneers Kitsou Dubois and Dragan Zivadinov opened the way in the 90s to artists flying in microgravity, and following a flight by The Arts Catalyst’s curator Rob La Frenais with Zivadinov in 1999, over 50 artists and scientists flew in The Arts Catalyst’s microgravity campaigns in Star City, Russia.

Presentations about microgravity experiences will include talks by:

Louise K. Wilson, who researched motion sickness in Star City and whose work was recently featured a Tate publication.
Edward George and Anna Piva (Flow Motion) who composed soundworks recorded in Zero Gravity.
Lyn Hagen, who, with flight director and artist Marko Peljhan, organised the most recent artists’ flight at Star City.

The evening will be introduced by Nicola Triscott and Rob La Frenais, director and curator of The Arts Catalyst who have both enjoyed flying in Zero G in their own special ways…

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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.