Visions of Space Unclassified 15+

Ed White performs first U.S. spacewalk © NASA
Ed White performs first U.S. spacewalk © NASA
Between the twinkling of the stars and the majesty of the planets, space has long held fascination for human kind. It has been a canvas for mythical storytelling and a sandpit for scientific research.

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.

Thursday 22 September 2011
Full $20 Concession $17 ACMI Members $15

11am-1pm > Panel 1: The First Astronomers
Be guided through the intricacies of Indigenous astronomy with Uncle Larry Walsh (storyteller and Elder of the Wurundjeri Tribe of the Kulin Nation), Duane Hamacher (astronomer and researcher in Australian cultural astronomy), Munya Andrews (amateur astronomer, lawyer and Bardi woman from Western Australia's Kimberly region) and Dr Brenda Croft (artist, curator, academic and a member of the Gurindji/Mutpurra people from Kalkaringi/Dagura).

2pm-4pm > Panel 2: The Official Noticers
Frank Oppenheimer believed that artists and scientists were "the official noticers of society", seeing things that others had learnt to ignore or never learnt to see.

The group of scientists and artists represented in the Star Voyager exhibition are drawn together by a shared fascination with space. In this panel, they will unveil their experience of art and science in collision and discuss how they achieve their unlikely collaboration. Panellists will include scientists Dr Christopher Fluke and Martin Bush and artists Dominique and Dan Angelero (Soda_Jerk). Chaired by Conrad Bodman, ACMI's Head of Exhibitions.

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