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Sunday APRIL 12, 2015, Kunst Kapel, Prinses Irenestraat 19, Beatrixpark, Amsterdam

The Lift Off: A Cosmonautics Day Celebration

Presented in association with Synergetica Lab The Consequential Laboratory of Unspecified Dimensions (C.L.O.U.D.) establishes its first project in Amsterdam by pinpointing a unique location in the city for an extended exploratory project, Audio Visual Spatial. The venue is the former St. Nicholaas Kapel (now Kunst Kapel) designed by noted Dutch architect Lau Peters which has the remarkable distinction of being completely circular with a design redolent of the utopian styles of the sixties. Presenting startling performances that explore sound and image in space as 360 degree immersive experiences, Audio Visual Spatial is a project utilizing the performance space to engulf the spectators or to alternately approach the audience's relation to that space.

A round table including future participants will open the event at 17:00 to offer thoughts about the premise of Audio Visual Spatial and particularly the impact of outer space exploration on this concept. The program for CLOUDspring at KunstKapel: Explorations in the Audio Visual Spatial will be revealed at this initial lift off...

18:00 - 23:00  
Sound-reactive light sculpture Ode to Space Conquerors by Vladimir Grafov, inspired by the 1964 Soviet Monument to the Conquerors of Space.
18:15 - 18:45   Bernard Foing, Towards Next International Lunar Decade for Exploration
19:00 - 19:15   a word from the astronauts,
Johannes Sterk & Elias Tieleman (Mission to the Moon),
astronaut assistants: Cocky Eek & Theun Karelse
19:15 - 19:45   The Heliocentric Tetrachord (Solar System sound scale)  in "4D" by Zvukoid
19:45 - 20:00   a toast to Yuri
20:00 - 21:00   SOLUNARIS audio-visual performance with
Naomi Sato (shō, ), Zvukoid (psychoacoustic synthesis)
21:30 - 22:00   Mucilaginous Omniverse audio-visual performance with E.Domnitch, D.Gelfand and Valekrij
22:00 - 23:00   Interstellar plasma music  in "4D" by Zvukoid

All night long: Space bar with exquisite Japanese zero-G-ready snacks, spirulina chocolate and caviar.
Tickets 10€, includes 1 drink. For reservations email 
Zvezdolet TANTRA from Soviet sci-fi film Туманность Андомеды (Andromeda Nebula) will visit Kunst Kapel

About participants and performances:

Bernard FOING is a senior scientist at the European Space Agency, Executive Director of the International Lunar Exploration Working Group, and Principal Project Scientist for SMART-1, the first European mission to the Moon.

ZVUKOID (German Popov, OMFO) is a musician, sound artist and researcher who strives to establish lost contacts with sources and archetypes of modernity. A significant part of his research combines ancient art forms, ethnographic and anthropological data with novel techno-scientific pursuits and performative concepts.

Vladimir GRAFOV graduated from the National Research Nuclear University (former Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) in Physics and Mathematics. He utilizes lasers, optics, and fluid media as artistic tools. He has collaborated with Dick Raaijmakers, Edwin van der Heide, Erik Hobijn, Jamie Reid, Shu Lea Cheang, Frans Evers, and Zbigniew Kakowsky. He was a cofounder of Laboratories of Art Technologies in the 90's and Hivenetworks in 2005.

Cocky EEK's work has been mainly revolving around lightweight spatial compositions and her favorite media are wind and air. This resulted in floating or flying experiments or large, voluminous pneumatic forms constructed to capture air. She creates environments that translate this material into a tangible experience of form and volume.

SOLUNARIS: Captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, orbiting Earth at an altitude of 35,400 km, the high-resolution footage of the Sun comprises three wavelengths that unfold in a majestic multi-color high definition movie.  As if floating near the Sun’s surface, the audience will experience the entire tumultuous year of 2013, culminating in the flip of the solar quadrupole. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter recorded the hypnotic lunar footage.

MUCILAGINOUS OMNIVERSE:  As if hovering in microgravity, laser-scanned droplets of silicone oil are acoustically airborne. From underneath a bath of silicone oil low-frequency sound waves propel a pillow of air just above the oil’s surface, preventing falling droplets from coalescing with the liquid.
Once released from a syringe the droplets assemble into a floating latticework, the nodes of which correspond to the sonic wavelength. Certain frequencies may entrain droplet pairs and larger ensembles into quantized orbits analogous to the bound states of electrons around atomic nuclei.

The Lift Off is made possible with the generous support of Amsterdam Stadsdeel Zuid.

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