Story of space festival ready to regale Goa

Hands-on experiences offered

November 04, 2017 12:32 am | Updated 12:32 am IST - Panaji

The Story of Space 2017, a community-led programme, is all set to take place in the city at multiple venues for 10 days, from November 10-19.

The city of Panaji will turn into a playground of learning with live experiences, 70 interactive installations, workshops, talks, films and panel discussions on questions around space from multiple perspectives. Researchers, artists, and educators from around the world, including NASA scientist Henry Throop, are creating works aimed at informal learning.

Experts from the Netherlands, France, U.K., U.S., Poland, China, Japan and Brazil, will come together for the event.

The various projects have been carefully curated by the organising team, with the aim of engaging audiences of all ages, from all walks of life, in a cross-disciplinary, creatively and intellectually stimulating experience, a press release said.

Forms of expression

The projects belong within the thematics of physics, politics, perception and philosophy.

In their execution, they combine cutting-edge technology with cutting-edge ideas in different mediums of expression, be it photographs, films, text, sculptures, dance, theatre, poetry, or drawing.

Some of the highlights of the festival include an interdisciplinary exhibition looking at the ‘void’ across science, philosophy (both Indian and Western), and art by theoretical physicist Giuseppe Bozzi, philosopher S. Bhuvuneshwari, and architect and designer Manuel Scortichini, with video inputs from the Minute Physics YouTube channel. Participants are encouraged to learn about the life and death of stars in an art-meets-science spectacle by Institute B61.

Sound.Codes, a sound research lab from Mumbai has collaborated with the Archaeological Survey of India to acoustically map 45 sites in Goa, covering its heritage and culture.

Migration in focus

U.S.-based Migratory Cultures will project local and international narratives around people’s experiences of migration, including stories of migration unique to the Goan diaspora.

The program also has panels making inquiries like ‘What is sustainable development to Goa?’, ‘What should learning in the 21st century look like in India and internationally?’, and talks that explore the question, ‘Are we alone in the universe?’

The festival will see the participation of Goa-based Central and State agencies and local self-government bodies, embassies and cultural institutes like Fundação Oriente (Goa), Alliance Française (Goa), Italian Embassy Cultural Centre (Mumbai Section), Pro Helvetia — Swiss Arts Council (New Delhi), The Polish Institute (New Delhi) as well as collaborations with design schools like Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology (Bengaluru), National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad) and Pearl Academy (New Delhi).

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