SPACE ART: an evening in the stars

An experimental and inter-disciplinary event of multi-media art, installations, performance, music, film, & spoken word which explore the realities and aspirations of life in space

Artists & Presenters

Jonathan Minard

Jonathan Minard's films, both documentary and science fiction, examine our dreams of the near future, focusing a lens on the relationship between people and technology. How does human nature and the imagination move with the currents of change in our world?
In 2007 he founded Deepspeed Media, a company committed to producing films that awaken our sense of wonder; what drives humans to explore the farthest, oldest and deepest extremes in pursuit of answers to the most basic questions. We illuminate the subjects of these stories with our own spirit of curiosity, and celebrate that which is enduringly mysterious and unknowable.

Diane Turnshek

Diane Turnshek is a faculty member in Carnegie Mellon University's Physics Department and a science fiction author whose short fiction has been published in Analog Magazine. She hosts a monthly public lecture series on astronomy at Allegheny Observatory and is working with the City of Pittsburgh to stop the creep of light pollution.

Catch her TEDxPittsburgh talk and follow her on Twitter @dianeturnshek.

Sofy Yuditskaya

Sofy @horusVacui is a media artist and educator working with video, interactivity, projections, code, paper, and salvaged material. Her work focuses on techno-occult rituals, street performance, and participatory art. Sofy's performances enact and reframe hegemonies, she works with materials that exemplify our deep entanglement with petro-culture. She has worked on projects at Eyebeam, 3LD, the Rubin Museum, the Netherlands Institute voor Media Kunst, ARS Electronica, Games for Learning Institute, and has taught workshops at GAFFTA, and MoMA. She is a member of the Fast Food Video collective and the organizer of the NYC Patching Circles.

Dan Wilcox

Dan Wilcox is an artist, engineer, musician, performer who combines live musical performance techniques with experimental electronics and software for the exploration of new expression, often through themes of science fiction, space travel, cyborgification, and far futurism. His father was an aerospace engineer, he grew up in the Rocket City, and has performed in Europe and around the US with his one man band cyborg performance project robotcowboy.

Chris Botta

Christopher Botta works as a recording/mixing/mastering engineer as well as a composer out of his studio in Brooklyn, called 'Staple Chest Audio'. He writes, records, and mixes music for modern instrumental music, pop, and commercials. He makes electro-acoustic music under the name "da kid". These works tend to be dense orchestral arrangements with electronic production. He also performs ambient music live with an electric guitar and laptop rig.

Anika Hirt

Anika Hirt is a media artist from Hamburg, Germany with many homes, currently discovering the peculiar golden McNuggets of the promised land. The exploration of the digital world in physical space and its social impact are often topics of her works. Anika studied Media and Computing at the University for Applied Sciences in Berlin and Interactive Art at the Art University Linz, Austria.

Performances & Presentations

  • Someday Somewhere Beyond
    A documentary on permanent settlements in space by Jonathan Minard
  • Space Artist
    A short documentary on pioneer space artist Lowry Burgess by Jonathan Minard
  • Our Pittsburgh Constellation
    A presentation by Diane Turnshek
  • Mother Earth, Sister Moon
    A talk/lyrics/poetry to a song made live from space sounds and RF signals by Sofy Yuditskaya
  • Onward to Mars
    Presentation and performace by Dan Wilcox
  • Music for aliens and other beings
    By Christopher Botta
  • blobs
    Golden mylar inflatables by Anika Hirt

Fans of Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson (American astrophysicist, cosmologist), will make sure to catch this event! It will feature a mix of installation art, performance, music, film, and spoken word that explores the realities and aspirations of life in space, including the materials of the Apollo program, a voyage to the Red Planet, and the question "How do you make art for aliens?".

The artist and initiator of this event Dan Wilcox says: “We feel there is a greater discussion going on in the national space agencies, private companies (such as SpaceX), and research laboratories that should involve *everyone*. Humanity heading into space in this century will directly impact our society, so we should all be on board.”



When and Where

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

show starts at 7:00PM
doors open at 6:30PM

This is a free event

Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center

1000 Madison Ave., Pittsburgh PA, 15212, USA

Getting there

Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center is located on the corner of Tripoli Street and Madison Avenue and can be accessed by car, bus or bike. We’re the historic church on corner, can’t miss it. Once you arrive, enter through the double doors on the Madison Avenue side. (Address: 1000 Madison Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15212.)


Plenty of parking near Neu Kirche. There’s a small lot behind the church, spots on the street and a larger parking lot on Spring Garden Avenue and Madison Avenue (behind the UPMC building).