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Microwave International New Media Arts Festival
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Main Exhibition-Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2013
Artist(s): GROUP SHOW
Date: 8 Nov - 17 Nov 2013

The unknown world usually carries curiosity and unease. In 2012, the apocalypse theory went viral around the world. To calm down the global emotion, NASA posted on its official website that 20121221 was not the end of the world. According to Anthony Aveni, an archaeoastronomist of Colgate University, USA, the Maya Calendar does not end in the year of 2012. 20121221 is the day that the calendar resets to Day 0, denoting an end of a cycle and a beginning of a new era. As we all witnessed, 21st December 2012 A.D. has passed, yet, there was no Apocalypse. Then, what future of the human are we walking towards?

SpaceX, established in December 2010, is the world’s first private-owned enterprise capable of sending and returning payload. The founder, Elon Musk, signed a large-scale development contract with NASA in August 2012, aiming to reenable the launch of crew-carrying space project in order to commence and ground the hope of space colonization. With the advancement of human space technology, many countries are vigorously developing their deep space explorations. Mars, being the closest planet to Earth, the two are primarily understood to be very similar—it has a thin atmosphere and four distinct seasons, hence of high scientific value. In the 64th International Astronautical Congress, Charles Bolden, the Administrator of NASA, introduces at a plenary session attended by heads of space agencies of the American plan of Mars exploration is to be completed by 2025. Besides, this year, Mars One, a Dutch space launch company, announced the basic requirements to be a Mars colonist. The first batch of no-return adventurists is aimed to set sail in 2023, and more colonists are to be deployed in every two years following the first mission. It is expected that by 2033 a base on Mars of 20 Terrans can be built. Meanwhile, China’s National Space Administration is collaborating with Russian National Space Agency on Mars exploration in a project titled China’s Mars Exploration Program. There are multiple international organizations in the world working hard on every step for human’s future. News about space exploration is reported everyday in various sources, and numerous researches are conducted to look for the next habitat for human.

The curatorial theme of this year includes a broad category. All exhibited works draw a corner of a map, and the film shows, keynote speeches and workshops are closely connected to extend and deconstruct for such aim. Scientific researches, explorations and experiments always come from daring imaginations and hypotheses. In dealing with the unpredictable future and unfamiliar territory, we are evermore needed to combine boundless imagination, curiosity and implemental scientific technology enabling to recognize the possibilities of human future from various perspectives. “Terra Zero” is like our door-opening magic word, “Open Sesame!” is casted by scientific research and technology opening this amazing door, through to the boundless and the vast. Be it little by little, it is this tiny bit of curiosity and unpredictable creativity that make human to survive until today and bring forth indefinite possibilities to the generations of future.

Five artworks will exhibition at the Main Exhibition of the Festival:

1)The Martian Rose (2007/9, C Lab (UK), by: Howard Boland (Norway) & Laura Cinti (Italy)
2)Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility (2011 – ongoing), by: Agnes Meyer-Brandis (Germany)
3)Coallision (2013), by: Reni Hofmüller & Jogi Hofmüller (Austria)
4)Space Maintenance / Lost in Space (2009-2013) WE COLONISED THE MOON, by Sue Corke (UK) & Hogen Betzwieser (Germany)
5)Virtual Synchronicity (2012), by: Tobias Klein (Germany)

Opening hours: 12:00pm-8:00pm (Daily)

Image: © Sue Corke & Hogen Betzwieser, Space Maintenance/Lost in Space , 2012, Installation

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