This is an unofficial blog about everything connected to the Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT) in Vitanje, Slovenia, and Herman Potočnik/Potocnik (pseudonym: Noordung), an European spaceflight pioneer of Slovenian origin, a historical inspiration for the work of KSEVT. Our main wish is to inform about ongoing activities in the fields of culturalization of space; composite research in science and art; Potočnik's influences on various fields of human knowledge, especially space technologies and astronautics/cosmonautics.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

KSEVT Star City visit and Architectuul / BIO / MAO conference

KSEVT representatives, Miha Turšič and Dragan Živadinov, alongside with the CEBRAM film crew, visited the Star City people and facilities in Russia. KSEVT and the Yuri A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC) have currently been collaborating on two exhibitions - Herman Potočnik Noordung: 100 Monumental Influences and Habitate:Orbit. News is summarized from the GCTC official website, at the time being only available in Russian.



The other news is introducing a public presentation and a following talk taking place in the next days.

Slovenia Unfinished 
on 18 April 2014 at 19.00 (7 pm),
at the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Ljubljana;
organized by the 24th Biennial of Industrial Design (BIO) 50 Ljubljana and Architectuul.

The website says the following, the rest you can read [here]:

Slovenia Unfinished, on April 18th, 19.00 hours at the Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana.
A presentation of three generations of Slovenian architecture will be concluded by a public talk on the significance of these works for contemporary architecture in Slovenia and abroad.

Matevž Čelik (MAO), Peter Krečič, Miha Dešman (DANS arhitekti), Miha Turšič (KSEVT), Jurij Krpan (GALLERY KAPELICA), moderated by Boštjan Bugarič (Architectuul.) 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Potočnik Noordung's grave found in Vienna

The event occured on 11 April 2014 on the spot in Vienna where Potočnik's grave was found after many years of oblivion. His grave used to be a part of the evangelical graveyard in Vienna, but was left anonymous for many decades since his relatives could not take care of the grave anymore. The memorial cenotaph erection was initiated by Primož Premzl and the City of Maribor.
The event is briefly documented by this photo-document material below.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Topology of Non-human Agents - symposium

Where: Kapelica Gallery, Kersnikova 4, Ljubljana
When: Thursday, 3rd of April at 17:00

Dr. Martin Hanczyc - Protolife
Dr. Manfred Mücke - Sustainable Computing Research
Darko Fritz - Computer Art Theory

Space exploration programs
bring forth - alongside with the recent biotechnological and digital advances - the consideration that a universe populated with artificial life might soon become a force recalibrating the human condition. Autonomous and self-sustaining systems based on the principle of life kindle alternative paradigms through which the exploration of space and its informational colonization might be approached. Attempts to engage the wider space community in a discourse with various developmental practices complementary to existing programmes is resulting in flying laboratories intended to test and validate new techniques and proposals on low-cost and robust satellites. The Arts and humanities are emerging as key mental articulators of thoughts on the ontology of the human in outer space and engage in projects aiding the construction and manifestation of data from and intended for space transmission. Invited speakers will, from their respective fields of expertise, illuminate contemporary topics associated with human presence in space.


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Press conference report and photos

A short summary of the press conference (in English):

The project was selected at a public target call for applications, which should determine the organizer of Slovenia's presentation at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. The architecture and design expert commission made the following argumentation: „The project is complex and creates a convincing and authentic look at Slovenian architecture and spatial relations through the story of Noordung while confronting the milestones of the past 100 years in a special way. The whole, based on specific characteristics of the Centre of Space Technologies, Herman Potočnik – Noordung, a short discourse into the history of Slovenian architecture (among others it includes architects such as Fabiani, Plečnik, Ravnikar, Jugovec, Sadar-Vuga and the group of KSEVT authors) and the central architecture which no only because of its formal and symbolic position changed the town; moreover, it does not only incorporate a larger number of creative people from various important fields dealing with how to properly implement architecture into the society – it also incorporates a group of younger propulsive architects. The setup shows promise of a visually attractive interactive installation and a series of accompanying events linked to international grounds. Architects engaged in the project, like Zavod DESSA and The Architects Association of Ljubljana, also ensure a proper expert support of the project.“

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia shall co-finance the project and the presentation of Slovenia at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition to the amount of 85.000 €.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

KSEVT Supre:architecture press conference

You are most cordially invited on a press conference //

on Monday, 17 March 2014, at 11.00 //

at the Ministry of Culture media centre 
in Ljubljana, Slovenia [location link] //

KSEVT team shall present The Problem of Space Travel - Supre:architecture project, a project representing the Republic of Slovenia at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - Architecture Biennale 2014 at Arsenale, Venice. The Biennale will be open from 7 June to 23 November 2014.

Voyager/ Non-human Agent announcement

ŠPELA PETRIČ and MIHA TURŠIČ: Voyager/ Non-human Agent

Location: Galerija Kapelica / Kapelica Gallery, Kersnikova 4, Ljubljana
Opening: Tuesday, 18 March 2014 at 8 pm
Symposium: Thursday, 3 April 2014 at 5 pm

After more than half a century of remarkable achievements in space exploration, we appeal to the wider space community to recognize the Arts and Humanities as development practices complementary to the existing fields of space science and technology and therefore to integrate them into space programmes. Art is a constitutive practice enabling entities to explore and manifest themselves as human. Existing space programmes focus mainly on understanding the farthest of our surroundings and on developing technological solutions, but tend to overlook the importance of implementing artistic developmental practices and methodologies in the form of a basic question: What is it like to be human in space?

Voyager/ Non-human Agent project investigates the possible artforms in outer space, a composite of art and science and the processes of science culturalization.

While the exhibition is on in Kapelica Gallery, its authors will attend the 5th IAA Search for Life Signatures symposium organized by SETI Committee on 21 March 2014 at the International Academy of Astronautics at UNESCO in Paris. At the symposium they will thematize the Autonomous Agents in Space and present their case to an international audience, which will allow a deeper understanding of artistic algorithmical practices within the research of life in Outer Space.

On 3 April 2014, Kapelica Gallery will host the Topology of Non-Human Agent symposium with international guests.

Authors: Špela Petrič in Miha Turšič / Collaborators: Maja Murnik, Slavko Glamočanin, Miha Tomšič, Patrik Ritosa / Production: KSEVT / Co-production: Kapelica Gallery / Partner: M.I.T. Kavli Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA / Support: Ministry of Culture Republic of Slovenia /