Through the ages, artists, writers, and filmmakers have been inspired by space. Their visionary depictions of space as an environment for people have influenced the scientific and engineering feats we know so well today. How will artists continue to inspire the future of space exploration? What are the opportunities and challenges in the creation of art for our interplanetary futures? In 2019, the Space Exploration Initiative announced an open call to invite artists to submit artworks for an exciting ISS launch opportunity. After three rounds of reviews, nine groups of artists are selected to be on board Sojourner2020, an international art payload.
Sojourner 2020 demonstrates the means of encountering space through art-making and storytelling. As access to space becomes more available, we collaborate and contribute to this new frontier of humanity. Sojourner 2020 is created by an unprecedented collection of international artists, bringing in knowledge from indigenous groups, queer communities, and diverse cultures, as well as transdisciplinary perspectives.
This Sept 11th, the nine groups of artist will join us in this live round table to share their unique but also collective experience with Sojourner 2020.