Stories that make The Story of Space
Currently underway in Goa, The Story of Space has brought together a group of researchers, artistes and educators from around the globe to present their complex yet interesting projects on the theme of space, across 18 venues in and around Panjim. Café brings to you three of them so you can go check them out before the festival concludes on November 19, 2017
‘Breath’ by Ana Bloom (France)
Venue: Adil Shah Palace, Panjim
Ana Bloom is a French photographer, art director and visual artist who works mainly with photography and animated subjects. Ana is also a historian and her works revolve around political concern, history and social issues. For ‘Breath’, her personal project at The Story of Space, Ana uses water to make breathing – the most common and universal human experience – take on a surrealistic dimension. Restricted by the hostile environment of water, the protagonists of this series of portraits are struggling for life. With their heads submerged, they float as they can. With their faces blurred, the subjects in the portraits look like paintings. In the cracks between surface and depth, the breath, peculiar to each human being, acts as a photographic filter. The bubbles modify the image of each individual according to their singular and peculiar adaptation under water. This aspect of the portrait was a way for the artist to voluntarily give up control over the subject, a way to counter the temptation to make everybody look the same.
‘Human Occupier’ by Nadine Baldow (Germany)
Venue: near Army Canteen, Campal-Panjim
A student of Fine Arts, Nadine prefers to work on site-specific projects and works mainly with Polyurethane foam – an expanding foam used as a building material in Germany. In her series of installations of biomorphic structures, ‘Human Occupier’, Nadine considers the relationship between men and nature as being two parts which assume
‘Evolution of the Stars’ by Instytut B61 / Jan Šwierkowski (Poland)
Venue: A secret location with starting point as Luis Gomes garden
Jan Świerkowski is an astronomer and is currently doing his PhD in Cultural Studies. Jan’s scope of research is Science Communication with a focus on connection of art and science and presentation of science in an accessible way. In this installation, Jan and his team explore the story of the humanisation of cosmic space. The Evolution of the Stars is a site-specific project that consists of thirteen audio-visual installations that tell the story of the life and death of stars. The exhibitions describes the evolution of matter from the clouds of cold gas and dust, through the main sequence stars, the amazing supernovae blast and finally, the presence of metals in human blood. These narratives touch on the subject of place and the meaning of humans in the cosmic space. It explains that the Cosmos is built of stars and galaxies rather than planets, continents or countries. Thus, humans also, are made of the stuff of stars. The exhibition consists of intriguing visual and audio metaphors projected in locations around the city.
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