Artists & Presenters
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. www.deepspeedmedia.com
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 @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. yuditskaya.com
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. danomatika.com
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. www.christopherbotta.com
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. anikahirt.de
Performances & Presentations
- Someday Somewhere BeyondA documentary on permanent settlements in space by Jonathan Minard
- Space ArtistA short documentary on pioneer space artist Lowry Burgess by Jonathan Minard
- Our Pittsburgh ConstellationA presentation by Diane Turnshek
- Mother Earth, Sister MoonA talk/lyrics/poetry to a song made live from space sounds and RF signals by Sofy Yuditskaya
- Onward to MarsPresentation and performace by Dan Wilcox
- Music for aliens and other beingsBy Christopher Botta
- blobsGolden mylar inflatables by Anika Hirt
When and Where
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
show starts at 7:00PMdoors open at 6:30PM
This is a free eventbr>
Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center
1000 Madison Ave., Pittsburgh PA, 15212, USA
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).