The first theatre performance in zero gravity.
Biomechanics Noordung, Cosmonaut Training Centre, Star City, 1999
Biomechanics Noordung, Cosmonaut Training Centre, Star City, 1999
Herman Potočnik Noordung Memorial Room, Vitanje, 2006
In the field of existing space and cultural programmes KSEVT identifies itself as an organisation developing the cultural space programmes framework and encouraging its implementation within the existing activities of space research and culture development. It is actively enabling the development of a theoretical, methodological and practical framework in order to develop the space culturalisation and a composite of art and science. The artistic, scientific and space-related public are being given the groundwork for dialogue which would then result in a wider cultural understanding of human role in space.
KSEVT actively enables a systematic implementation of artistic practice in space.
Along with the building in Vitanje and its programme, KSEVT also functions as an instrument of national identification in art, science, culture, education, tourism and foreign affairs.
The flight of an artist to the International Space Station is an essential KSEVT project which enables a priceless opportunity to develop art, the humanities and culture as well as develop the question – What is it like to be human in space?
More than fifty years passed since the first manned spaceflight. Almost six hundred individuals flew to space fulfilling various assignments, however, none of them was an artist with an artistic assignment. After all, art and the humanities are a constitutive human practice. Without them, human society is a mere social biological organism. We think the development of space technology has finally came to a point which enables much more than just technological survival in an environment, unfamiliar to human beings. Space technology and the thought on the subject of human reached a level from which it becomes vital to carry out artistic and humanistic methodology and practice in space.
Mankind has been inhabiting near and deep space for decades, using its own technology above all to understand space environment and the technological possibilities to operate in it. This entire apparatus serves as the most advanced scientific-technological entity, capable of the most complex cognitive, processual and communicational practice.
All this time, humankind has also been researching and developing an understanding of the intersection between the human and technological. Electronic, computer, algorithm, generative, bio and media art explore relations between the most abstract mathematical, physical and biological knowledge and the human being as an individual and society.
KSEVT therefore recognizes how urgent it is to give the implementation of artistic methodologies and practice access to existing and purpose-made space technology. This access is vital for humankind to be able to comprehend and develop its own humanity in an increasingly technological-cultural environment.
There are different forms of gaining access to the implementation of artistic methodologies and practice:
Activities of research and development are designed as Composite Missions, a think tank of research, residential and educational programmes. We give the artistic, humanistic and cultural audiences access to space research, whereas we provide the space-related public with additional understanding of human activity in space. The programme integrates post-PhD students, experts and researchers. They employ different methodologies and with the aid of mentors from academic and space institutions, they research the common subjects of space culturalisation.
We plan at least two Composite Missions each year, one in our own production and one with a guest producer. We give emphasis to annual topics which manifest themselves through Informances.
We make the understanding of abstract and inaccessible findings in art, science and space possible through cooperation with experts from all the fields of space culturalisation. These findings then manifest themselves as Informances – exhibitions, book publications, films, events, lectures and symposia. The Out of the Cradle series of symposia holds a central place there, enabling interested international community to meet and discuss the subjects of space culturalisation.
We emphasize annual topics such as the Space Sight (2015-16) and the Cinematography and Space (2017-18). The Out of the Cradle symposia are being carried out at least twice in a year, once in Vitanje and once in partner institutions elsewhere in the world. We give special accent also to the recognition of central personalities and subjects of space culturalisation, the ones necessary to be manifested outside the KSEVT building in larger cultural centres – much like we did with Noordung at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.
One of the main activities of KSEVT has been educating children and youth in theoretical and practical astronautics/cosmonautics. The Orbital Emissions complex encompasses informal educational practice and the transfer of knowledge from the orbit to everyday life and work practice. We organise field trips for primary and secondary schools.
In next five years’ period we shall pursue the objective of developing cultural-educational methods to confront our youngest population with the achievements of the greatest minds in science and art through space and art culturalisation. Not only will we try to include this development into practice, but also to enable young people a direct contact with space technologies and developmental art.
Occupying with space alone is a surplus of human strivings, therefore we take care of science and art works that influenced human thought development in our Treasures of Modernity collection.
Key focus of the next period is the connection between the eastern and European avant-garde and the development of space programmes. Those subjects interact on a common ground of understanding what is human, human thought, architecture and film production.
Special care in KSEVT goes to outstanding individuals who were born in Slovenia or have Slovenian roots, who worked or have been working in the field of space technologies, science and art. The Slovenian Peaks collection gives visitors an insight to the biographies and work of these exceptional individuals.
In the complex of particular annual topics we recognize and manifest individuals who contributed key knowledge and findings on the human role in space. A large number of individuals active in space, science and art productions will be elaborated on in the following years.
The KSEVT Institute cooperates with the Municipality of Vitanje and local community to develop cultural, educational and tourist activities intended for the local and regional community.
To enable and support the promotion of a destination brand “Vitanje, ne daleč stran” (Eng.: “Vitanje, not a long way away”), to develop services and local products. In the field of culture, we develop the Vitanjski abonma (Eng.: Vitanje season ticket), mostly for the purposes of local and regional public. We aim at increasing tourist visits in the Vitanje Municipality lasting one or several days.