Art + Astronomy

7-9pm, Wednesday 20 July 2016
Location: Newton Field Centre


Dr Marek Kukula and Dr Joanna Griffin exchange ideas and discuss issues around the science of space and the night sky in relation to visual art.

Dr Marek Kukula is a Public Astronomer at Greenwich Royal Observatory, part of a team of outreach specialists focused on engaging with the public. Marek recieved his PhD in Radio Astronomy from Jodrell Bank Observatory, he has conducted research into galaxies and black holes for a number of institutions including Space Telescope Science Institute, site of the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2015 Marek co-curated the exhibition dark frame/deep field, an exhibition of contemporary art and vintage NASA photographs; he was also a key speaker at Are We Darkened By Light?, a conference at Tate Modern on light, energy and dark matter.

Dr Joanna Griffin is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher who completed her Doctorate in 2014 with Transtechnology Research at Plymouth University. Much of her doctoral work was based in Bangalore, India where she developed her project Moon Vehicle in response the launch of India’s Chandrayaan-1 Moon mission. She has taught at University of Southampton, University of Wolverhampton and also at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. She has been commissioned by Arts Catalyst on a number of occasions and in 2006/7 recieved an Arts Council Fellowship at NASA Space Sciences Lab, UC Berkeley.

Thanks to Northamponshire Community Foundation and Arts Council England for their support.


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