[ISDC2006] Cultural Frontiers of Space Travel Presentation by the
STUDIO For Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University
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Sat Mar 18 19:59:12 EST 2006
Space Art: The Cultural Frontiers of Space Travel - A program by
artists whose medium is outer space
When: Thursday, March 23, 2006, 7 pm
Where: H&SS Auditorium, Room A53 Baker Hall (lower level), Carnegie
Presented by the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
In a time of extraordinary global cultural tensions, the global
community needs to reach toward and express shared human feelings,
feelings that all people have--in particular, those feelings
associated with the universal surrounding sky with its starry cosmos
from which we derive our very being. Recently, in the middle of the
last century, it became possible to displace the whole of humanity,
mind, heart and body from the surface of the earth to venture into
cosmic space and time. From that moment, a limited number of artists
have been engaged with this new context in the service of unfolding
its broader meanings.
What do we see as the ultimate goal for human consciousness in the
cosmos? Or is everything we know and feel destined to vanish with
the planet earth? To undertake such ontological and teleological
exploration raises all the questions about those things that are most
essentially human. What are the capacities of the mind and body?
Artists work at the forefront of this process of discovery and inquiry.
Distinguished fellow in the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and professor
in the School of Art, Lowry Burgess, and collaborator Frank
Pietronigro, an associate fellow in the STUDIO, will present their
work. Burgess will discuss his efforts to gain support and
acknowledgement for this pioneering work, and present an overview of
his poetic work.
Frank Pietronigro will describe his experience of creating "drift
paintings" in microgravity that he created as a part of "Research
Project Number 33: Investigating the Creative Process in a
The artists will also present an overview of their current project,
the "Space Art Track" of the 25th International Space Development
Conference (ISDC) co-sponsored by the National Space Society and the
Pietronigro will present video of his work during a parabolic flight
aboard NASA's KC135 turbojet, and discuss his role as project
director and co-founder of the Zero Gravity Arts Consortium (ZGAC).
ZGAC is a international organization, based in the United States,
dedicated to fostering greater access for artists to space flight
technology and zero gravity space through the creation of
international partnerships with space agencies, arts organizations
About the artists
Lowry Burgess is an internationally renowned environmental artist/
poet and educator. He created the first official non-scientific
payload, the "Boundless Cubic Lunar Aperture," taken into outer space
by NASA in March of 1989. His major 35-year opus, the "Quiet Axis,"
contains 8 major aspects, all containing celestial and cosmic
elements. His artworks and documents are in museums, archives and
collections in the US, Europe and Japan.
He is professor of art and former dean of the College of Fine Arts at
Carnegie Mellon University. He is a distinguished fellow in the
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, which supports advanced research in the
interdisciplinary arts. He is also a member of the Center for the
Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon. He has held other distinguished
chairs in Hartford and Montreal.
He has been a fellow and senior consultant at the Center for Advanced
Visual Studies at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts for 25 years where
he created and directed large collaborative projects in the US and
He is the originator of the international New Year's arts festival
"First Night." He originated the arts in the subways programs for the
Department of Transportation. He has developed and advised in more
than a dozen major city scale and national projects. He has been
featured in television and radio broadcasts in the US, Europe and
Japan, including NOVA, Smithsonian World and NPR.
His book, "Burgess, the Quiet Axis" received the prestigious
Imperishable Gold Award from Le Devoir in Montreal. He has been
honored with awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters,
National Institute of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation,
Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts,
Massachusetts Artist Foundation, and Kellogg Foundation.
Frank Pietronigro is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and
author residing in San Francisco, California.
Pietronigro has achieved international recognition for projects he
creates that build bridges between artists and space flight
technology. As a result of "Research Project Number 33:
Investigating the Creative Process in a Microgravity Environment", on
April 4, 1998, Frank became the first American painter to create
three-dimensional "drift paintings" while floating in zero gravity
aboard NASA's KC135 turbojet.
In 2004, Frank Pietronigro was appointed associate fellow at the
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at the College of Fine Arts, Carnegie
Mellon University and currently serves as co-founder and project
director of the Zero Gravity Arts Consortium (ZGAC), an international
space arts organization dedicated to fostering greater access for
artists to space exploration technology. Pietronigro also serves as
co-chair for the Space Art Track of the 25th International Space
Development Conference Co-Sponsored by the National Space Society and
Planetary Society. He will help facilitate a series of inspirational
presentations and panels complimented by an exhibition, film
screenings, and Zero Gravity Arts Consortium parabolic flight for
artists and webcast direct from Zero Gravity Corporation's Boeing 727
He was invited to participate in Paris's historic International Art
Outsiders Festival: Space Arts Festival and was included in a
symposium and presentation titled Visibility - Legibility of Space
Art: Zero Gravity Art: The Experience of Parabolic Flight, that was
held at the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in March, 2003.
Pietronigro's work has also been presented with museums and
institutions including: the virtual Tate In Space, Tate Museum,
London; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; Museum Fur Gestaltung,
Zurich; Galeria Ze Dos Bois, Lisbon; Castle Gallery, College of New
Rochelle, NY; Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco; Blohard
Gallery at Vox Populi, Philadelphia; the Mill Valley Film Festival
and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center. He was appointed by the San
Francisco Art Commission to direct the 39th Annual San Francisco Arts
Festival, a month long celebration of the visual and performing arts
of the Bay Area.
Pietronigro received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco
Art Institute in Interdisciplinary Arts and also studied fine art at
the Philadelphia College of Art.
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