Star Voyager: Exploring Space on Screen, Public Program

Star Voyager: Exploring Space on Screen, Public Program
Australian Centre for the Moving Image

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will present the world premiere of Star Voyager: Exploring Space on Screen, a major exhibition charting the history and future of space exploration as experienced through the moving image, 22nd September, 2011 - 29th January, 2012. As part of this exhibition, ACMI is offering an extensive Public Program. Below is a list of events through to the end of November.

In Conversation
In Conversation with Julian Rosefeldt
Unclassified 15+

Acclaimed contemporary artist Julian Rosefeldt offers a unique insight into his creative process. German-born Rosefeldt makes visually opulent film and video installations. Following our recent exhibition of his 5- channel work American Night, Julian will travel to Melbourne to present The Shift as part of Star Voyager. This event offers a rare opportunity to hear one of the world's most renowned moving image artists discuss his remarkable work. Join Richards Watts (writer, broadcaster and film critic) in conversation with this extraordinary talent.

Dates Fri 23 Sep 2011, 2pm
Location ACMI Cinemas
Admission Full $15 Concession $12 ACMI Member $11

ACMI and Royal Botanic Gardens Talks
Solarised: Looking at the Sun Unclassified 15+

In partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, ACMI presents an exciting opportunity to be immersed in the worlds of space, science and art. Hear artists and curators from the Star Voyager exhibition speak about their work viewing the sun, then be guided to the Melbourne Observatory by an expert from the Astronomical Society of Victoria, who will conduct a demonstration of the photoheliograph and allow audience members to look at the sun. Panellists include ACMI curators Emma McRae and Sarah Tutton, Darren Bellingham from the Astronomical Society and artists David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, whose work EarthStar, 2009 uses spectacular footage of the solar chromospheres, captured using a Hydrogen-Alpha telescope.

Ticket price includes entry to the Star Voyager exhibition, the panel talk and the tour of the Observatory at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Dates Sat 24 Sep 2011, 2pm
Location Studio 1 and The Observatory, Royal Botanic Gardens
Admission Full $26.50 Concession $20 ACMI Member $19

Star Struck: Looking into the Night Sky Unclassified 15+

In partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, ACMI presents an exciting opportunity to be immersed in the worlds of space science and art. Hear artists and curators from the Star Voyager exhibition speak about their work viewing the sun, then be guided to the Melbourne Observatory by an expert from the Astronomical Society of Victoria, who will conduct a demonstration of the telescope and give audience members a rare sight of the moons and storms of Jupiter. Panellists include ACMI curator Sarah Tutton and artist Willow S. Wieland, whose work Yelling at Stars was Australia's first inter-stellar message to be transmitted deep into outer space.

Ticket price includes entry to the Star Voyager exhibition, panel talk and tour of the Melbourne Observatory at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Dates Sat 5 Nov 2011, 7pm
Location Studio 1 and The Observatory, Royal Botanic Gardens
Admission Full $26.50 Concession $20 ACMI Member $19

ACMI and Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing Talk
Star Voyager: Visualising Space Unclassified 15+

Learn about the 3D modelling of space with a gallery talk presented by Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing. Explore the fascinating junction between science and 3D filmmaking with this one-of-a-kind gallery talk. Presented by Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, the talk will illuminate the work of the scientists and filmmakers who created a 3D film of Mars for the Star Voyager exhibition, using live data streams and 3D stereoscopic filmmaking. Gain a unique perspective on how difficult it is to visualise data gathered in the far reaches of space and learn about how far both visualisation software and the data have come in the last ten years, while considering how to balance art and science in filmmaking.

Dates Thu 27 Oct 2011, 1pm
Location Gallery 1
Admission Full $10 Concession $8 ACMI Members $7

Star Voyager: Weekend Talks
Sunday 23 October to Sunday 27 November 2011

In celebration of Star Voyager, join us for a public program of talks with artists, curators, space engineers, astronomers, writers, social commentators and broadcasters, who will explore and share their ideas, knowledge, experience of space and space science.

Chicks in Space Unclassified 15+

Explore the role of women in space exploration, in science fact and science fiction. Exploring the real and the imagined, this talk celebrates the great women of space exploration and investigates some of the amazing female personalities that have featured in science fiction films over the decades. Discover the facts behind the fiction and the fictional facts!

Convener: Dr Saige Walton (The University of Melbourne and ACMI)
Catherine Deveny (Comedian, writer and social commentator)
Kerrie Doherty (Curator, Powerhouse
Museum)
Dr Naomi Mathers (Program Developer, Victorian Space - Science Education Centre) 
Alicia
Sometimes (RRR Broadcaster, spoken-word performer)

Dates Sun 23 Oct 2011, 2pm
Location Studio 1
Admission Full $6, Concession/ACMI Members $5

Building Star Voyager Unclassified 15+

A rare opportunity to hear from the designers, curators and artists behind the groundbreaking Star Voyager exhibition. Learn how the creative team behind the scenes brought Star Voyager to life. Hear exhibition designer Paul Minifie, ACMI curators Sarah Tutton and Emma McRae and artist Peter Hennessey speak about the development and design of this groundbreaking exhibition, from concept through to the exhibition architecture. Created by ACMI, the Star Voyager exhibition has transformed ACMI’s subterranean gallery into outer space with custom themed display cases and screening modules. Paul Minifie, one of the key designers, will discuss how they took inspiration from both factual and fictional representations of space on screen, and how the exhibition design references recurrent film spacecraft design features such as circular rooms and corridors. Australian artist Peter Hennessey will talk about his involvement with the exhibition and the incredible life-size wooden sculptures of spacecraft he has created. ACMI Curator Sarah Tutton will showcase some of the remarkable works and artifacts from the exhibition, explaining how this exciting exhibition was developed in Melbourne.

Dates Sun 30 Oct 2011, 2pm
Location Studio 1
Admission Full $6, Concession/ACMI Members $5

My Space, Your Space, Our Space Unclassified 15+

Modern culture has been nourished by space science throughout the history of space exploration. In this Star Voyager talk, our panellists discuss how space science has influenced technology, art, design and architecture. Guests include Vicki Sowry (Program Manager, Australian Network for Art and Technology ) and Oscar Hillerstrom (Film-reviewer and presenter for Empire; Popcorn Taxi).

Dates Sun 27 Nov 2011, 2pm
Location Studio 1
Admission Full $6, Concession/ACMI Members $5

Forum
Visions of Space

To celebrate the opening of Star Voyager, this forum will explore our fascination with space from two distinct angles - through the eyes of Indigenous Australians and the way that art and science have come together to create a new vision of space.

11am-1pm > Panel 1: The First Astronomers
The discovery of cave paintings near Sydney illustrating the legend of the Emu seen in the Milky Way indicates that Indigenous Australians were among the very first astronomers. It is testament to the evocative power of the stars that Indigenous people continue to be inspired by space in contemporary arts practice. Be guided through the intricacies of Indigenous astronomy by Professor Ray Norris (astrophysicist and Australian Indigenous astronomy expert), Munya Andrews (amateur astronomer, lawyer and a Bardi woman from the Kimberly region of WA) and Dr Brenda Croft (artist, curator, academic and a member of the Gurindji/Mutpurra people), and start looking at the stars in a new and ancient way.

2pm-4pm > Panel 2: The Official Noticers
When artists and scientists work together, they can create eye-opening, barrier-breaking and beautiful things, from Andy Warhol and Robert Rauchenberg's Moon Museum - art smuggled into space on the 1969 Apollo 12 mission - to Laurie Anderson's work as artist in residence at NASA. In this panel, artists Dom and Dan (Soda_Jerk), and scientists Dr Chris Fluke and Martin Bush, represented in the Star Voyager exhibition, discuss their experience of art and science in collision and how they achieve their unlikely collaboration. Chaired by ACMI Head of Exhibitions, Conrad Bodman.

Dates Thu 22 Sep 2011, 11am to 4pm
Location ACMI Cinemas
Admission Full $20 Concession $17 ACMI Members $15

Kids in the Studio
A Trip to the Moon - Animation Workshop

We have lift off! Make your own animated moon movie in our holiday workshop. Using cut-out techniques and digital animation, kids can create their own trip to the moon. In 1902, French filmmaker Georges Méliès made Le voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon), which is featured in the Star Voyager exhibition. It was the first science fiction film to use innovative animation and special effects, including the well-known image of a spaceship landing in the eye of the moon. ACMI invites all budding animators and filmmakers to recreate their own version of A Trip to the Moon in this fun animation workshop.

Dates Mon 26 Sep - Fri 30 Sep 2011, 11am-3pm
             Mon 3 Oct - Fri 7 Oct 2011, 11am-3pm
Location The Cube
Admission Free

Intermix
Pixel Pirate 2: A Video Remix Space Epic Unclassified 15+

Travel into the outer realms of remix culture with video artists Soda_Jerk - join the duo for a screening of their video remix project Pixel Pirate 2: The Director’s Cut. In this intergalactic epic, a team of space pirates battle the evil tyrant Moses and his copyright commandments. Comprised entirely of audiovisual samples, the film stars Elvis Presley, The Hulk, Batman, Luke Skywalker, Rambo, Lara Croft, The A-Team, Captain Jack Sparrow, NASA and the Ghostbusters. First released in 2006, Pixel Pirate 2 has been re-edited and re-envisaged for the 2011 Director's Cut. A Q&A will follow the screening, in which Soda_Jerk will talk science fiction, sampling and cinema. Soda_Jerk is a collaboration between sisters Dan and Dominique Angeloro, who have worked together since 2002. They are based in Berlin and Sydney.

Dates Thu 22 Sep 2011, 5.30pm
Location Studio 1
Admission Free but limited capacity. Register by emailing intermix@acmi.net.au

Workshop
Make a Movie: Space is the Place

Get ready for your intergalactic close up! In this hands-on workshop, participants will work in small groups to learn how to create a short live-action film inspired by outer space. Under the guidance of ACMI filmmakers, you will pitch your ideas, create a script and storyboard, then act, direct and operate a camera, filming in ACMI and 'on location' around Federation Square. Next, you’ll step into the studio to cut together your film and add a soundtrack. On Wednesday afternoon, you can invite two special guests to the red carpet film premiere in Studio 1. The cost of the workshop includes a takehome USB flash drive containing the finished film.

Suitable for 10-14 year olds.
Dates Mon 26 Sep - Wed 28 Sep 2011, 10am-4pm
Location Studio 2
Admission Full $270 Concession $220 (includes USB flash drive)
Booking Bookings essential. Please call (03) 8663 2583

Video Garden
Blast off!

Take a trip to another frontier. Rockets propel a NASA Space Shuttle into the stratosphere and beyond, with footage captured from various NASA missions over the years. Blast off! provides a stunning view of other worlds captured on the human journey through space.

21 September 2011 – 29 January 2012, open daily 6am–11pm
Free outdoor exhibition

For more information about all these events and booking details please visit http://www.acmi.net.au/starvoyager.aspx