Events   About   Projects   Experiments   Texts   Blogs   Resources   Contact horizontal divider horizontal divider horizontal divider
TERRA 0
08 08-17 Nov 2013; Laura Cinti - 04 Jan 2014

Terra nullius is an expression in international law that refers to a “virgin territory” an unoccupied land, one that never has been claimed by a state. In the age of ubiquitous global surveillance apparatus and civilian satellites, virtually no territory within mankind’s reach remains untainted by personal or national ownership. There are only a few exceptions, namely parts of Antarctica, the international sea, and the outer space. The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 declares that all celestial bodies are immune to claims of sovereignty. What then, beyond the capitalist bodies logic of resources acquisition and profitable scientific advances, continues to fuel our extraterrestrial ambitions?

Samson Young, Board of Director, Microwave

Microwave International New Media Festival, Hong Kong, 2013
The Martian Rose (2007/9), C-LAB, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong, 2013

The 17th Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2013 is an annual international new media festival based in Hong Kong. Contextualised within the framework of human’s future and the impending Mars exploration programs, the curatorial theme of the 2013 festival, titled Terra 0, points to space exploration, the universe and fantasising about possible future extraterrestrial habitats.

Microwave International New Media Festival, Hong Kong, 2013The Martian Rose (2007/9), C-LAB, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong, 2013

C-LAB's Howard Boland & Laura Cinti were invited to exhibit their The Martian Rose (2007/9) exploring extreme environments and life beyond terrestrial settings. In this work, roses were exposed to Martian environment for 6 hours in a planetary chamber at the Mars Simulation Laboratory (University of Aarhus) in Denmark. The death of the rose after its exposure reminds us of Mars’ hostile and destructive environment. Suspended from the ceiling, the installation, alludes to a probe in space…a floating grave.

Interview with Howard and Laura on The Martian Rose at Microwave Festival 2013, AMCNN

Back on Earth Tobias Klein's Virtual Synchronicity, a live installation, explores the ephemeral and transitory nature of cosmic day and night cycles where real-time web-based synchronised data of sunsets are projected onto silicone tubings. Suspended from the ceiling, the installation captures the transitory phenomenon of sunsets.

Microwave International New Media Festival, Hong Kong, 2013
Virtual Synchonicity (2012), Tobias Klein, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong, 2013 

The Virtual Synchronity becomes an autark event - when simulation becomes simulacra.  Through modulation and precise timing, the work achieves the creation of artificial time zones - synchronized web-realities with the daily returning phenomena of the sunset.  

Tobias Klein, Artist 

Microwave International New Media Festival, Hong Kong, 2013The Martian Rose (2007/9), C-LAB & Virtual Synchonicity (2012), Tobias Klein, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong, 2013

On 10th February 2009 at 16:56 UTC, two artificial earth satellites - Iridium 33 and Kosmos 2251 - collided at a speed of approximately 11.7 km/s. Both satellites broke into thousands of particles that subsequently spread into various orbits and contribute to what is commonly referred to as ‘space debris’.  Until today, almost 2000 remainders of this collision - all of them greater than 10 centimetres - are known, catalogued and tracked by radar stations. 

Reni Hofmüller and Jogi Hofmüller, Artists

Microwave International New Media Festival, Hong Kong, 2013Coallision (2013), Reni Hofmüller and Jogi Hofmüller, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong, 2013 

Using data from the International Space Station, orbiting around Earth, Reni Hofmüller & Jogi Hofmüller's Coallision  - a real-time audiovisual installation that sonifies space debris at specific locations - allows the audience to see, and sometimes hear, the positions of 120 of these debris remainders from the 2009 collision.

Microwave International New Media Festival, Hong Kong, 2013
Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility (2011 - ongoing), Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong, 2013  

Looking at the Moon as an real and imaginative future, Agnes Meyer-BrandisMoon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility is based on Francis Godwin’s The Man in the Moone (1603) where 'Moon Geese' fly to the Moon on a “voyage of utopian discovery”. Meyer-Brandis expands on and attempts to actualise this story by raising eleven geese that are named after astronauts and embarks on a programme training the geese to fly and undertake expeditions in a remote Moon analogue habitat. In the installation, the video of their training regime is screened alongside a control room where we can see videos of the geese in their current habitat simulating conditions of the Moon.

Microwave International New Media Festival, Hong Kong, 2013
Space Maintenance / Lost in Space, WE COLONISED THE MOON (2009 - 2013), Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong, 2013

A continual performance of an arduous ballet in homemade weightlessness in DIY planetarium of laser cut star maps and OHPs.

WE COLONISED THE MOON, Artists

WE COLONISED THE MOON's Space Maintenance / Lost in Space is an installation based on a series of performative studio experiments that both remediates and captures the aesthetics of weightlessness.

Microwave International New Media Festival, Hong Kong, 2013
Live Moon Smelling’, WE COLONISED THE MOON, Festival Grand Opening, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong, 2013 

The exhibition opening act by WE COLONISED THE MOON was the biggest live moon smelling event on Earth. The audience were each given helium balloons and toothpicks, and on synchronised popping of the balloons, a synthesised moon smell (made by flavorist Steve Pearce of Omega Ingredients, UK) was released from the balloons. 

Microwave International New Media Festival, Hong Kong, 2013Festival Grand Opening, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong, 2013


Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2013 on TVB Pearl News, Hong Kong

Microwave International New Media Festival, Hong Kong, 2013Festival Grand Opening, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong, 2013  

Microwave International New Media Festival, Hong Kong, 2013Interview with C-LAB, Metropop, Issue 381, 21 November 2013, p. 130, Hong Kong 


Microwave Festival 2013 Teaser Trailer

Other References: C-LAB:blog: Plant Life on Mars
C-LAB:event: C-LAB VISITS THE MARSLAB
C-LAB:event: MUTAMORPHOSIS: CHALLENGING ARTS AND SCIENCES
C-LAB:event: TERRA 0
C-LAB:event: UNSAFE DISTANCE
C-LAB:project: The Martian Rose
Post Comment:
 
Name (required)  
Email (required - not displayed) 
Website

Letter 1 and 2 in the word above (required)  
To:
 
From:
 
Recent Events
AGE OF WONDER 28 Mar-06 Apr 2014 Natlab, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
ART AND INNOVATION: THE FUTURE OF INTERDISCIPLINARITY 19 Mar 2014 Auditorium Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
LIVING MIRROR 03 03-16 Dec 2013 Raamsteeg2, Leiden, The Netherlands
TERRA 0 08 08-17 Nov 2013 Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2013, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong
GROW YOUR OWN 25 Oct-19 Jan 2014 Science Gallery Dublin, Ireland
THE FUTURE OF ART-SCIENCE COLLABORATIONS 07 07-11 Oct 2013 Lorentz Center, Leiden, The Netherlands
AMOLF OPEN DAY 05 Oct 2013 FOM Institute AMOLF, Science Park, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
NOT INVENTED BY NATURE: HELMHOLTZ INITIATIVE SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY 15 Sep-04 Oct 2013 German Cancer Research Center - DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany
ARTSCIENCE TALKSHOW 14 Sep 2013 Raamsteeg2, Leiden, The Netherlands
DA4GA OPENING EXHIBITION 14 Sep-15 Dec 2013 Raamsteeg2, Leiden, The Netherlands
ART-SCIENCE TALK 24 Aug 2013 Art Laboratory Berlin, Germany
SPEED DEBATE ON SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY AND NEURO-ETHICS 31 Jul 2013 Print Room Cafe, UCL, London, UK
YOUNG SYNTHETIC BIOLOGISTS - YSB 1.0 12 Jul 2013 Wellcome Trust, London , UK
EN VIE / ALIVE 26 Apr-01 Sep 2013 Espace Fondation EDF, Paris, France
DO IT TOGETHER BIO #5: SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY ART 24 Apr 2013 Waag Society, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ART FROM SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY 08 08-12 Apr 2013 The Royal Institute of Great Britain, London, UK
© 2013 c-lab. All Rights Reserved. Sitemap | T&Cs | t: +31 (0)20 754 7207 e: info@c-lab.co.uk Design and Implementation by c-lab (2013)