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.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Orbital Academy 26/12/2012 invitation

You are kindly invited to join us at the

a yearly celebration of Herman Potočnik Noordung's birth anniversary, commencing today, at 18.00 in the main, multi-purpose hall of KSEVT.

The event will mark the 120th birth anniversary of Potočnik and also focus on the Stepančič-Černigoj levitational construction which became the emblem of KSEVT. Another important part of the short programme will be dedicated to dr. Janez Vrečko, author of the integral work Srečko Kosovel: A Monography, a scientific work about the great Slovenian constructivist poet Srečko Kosovel.

The soundscape of the solemn academy will feature the TEREMIDI Orchestra, Peter Tomaž Dobrila and Janez Škof. The other feature will be "A Poem of the Stone Threshold (Slovenian: Pesem o kamnitem pragu)" by Gregor Strniša, presented by actors Barbara Ribnikar, Janez Škof and Arna Hadžialjević.

Solemn speeches will be held by Slavko Vetrih, mayor of the Vitanje Community, and Zdenka Badovinac, director of the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Documentary exhibition in Maribor

A documentary exhibition on Potočnik is open for viewing in the University Library of Maribor [location link]. It was opened on 21 December 2012 and will last until 31 January 2013. Authors of the exhibition are Primož Premzl and dr. Sandi Sitar. Opening hours are 9.00-21.00 on working days and 9.00-13.00 on Saturdays, Sundays closed.


Thursday, 20 December 2012

Orbital Oscillation 0.05, Konzorcij Bookstore, Ljubljana

Video footage of an event on 18 December 2012 at the Konzorcij Bookstore in Ljubljana. The informance announced the soon-to-be-established public-access digitalized archive of Potočnik biographical documents as well as the future exhibition on Potočnik and a memorial plate in Pula, Croatia, where Potočnik was born in 1892 (the informance denotes the beginning of a celebratory month in terms of his 120th birth anniversary).

Exhibitions in KSEVT on dr. Anton Mavretič, dr. Dušan Petrač and dr. Marko Bavdaž, preeminent Slovenian space scientists and engineers, were also announced. The series of these exhibitions thematizing the work of important contemporary Slovenian space researchers will be entitled Slovenski vrhovi (Slovenian Peaks).

Video clip is a courtesy of the YouTube user "backpackcam":

Saturday, 8 December 2012

December 2012 in KSEVT

ORBITAL OSCILLATION 0.06; 2 December 2012, in Pula [x]: the Noordung declaration was signed between Klovićevi dvori Gallery (Zagreb, Croatia), Historical and Naval Museum of Istria (Pula, Croatia) and KSEVT (Vitanje, Slovenia). The declaration binds all three institutions to raise a memorial feature dedicated to Herman Potočnik Noordung in Pula, the city of his birth, in the near future. Moreover, the Historical and Naval Museum of Istria will on this occasion feature an exhibition about Potočnik's life and work.

(photo is (c) Glas Istre website)

ORBITAL OSCILLATION 0.05; 18 December 2012, at 18.00, in Ljubljana [x]: at the book store Konzorcij (Slovenska cesta 29), an informance will focus on Herman Potočnik Noordung's book "The Problem of Space Travel - The Rocket Motor". Russian cosmonaut and academician, dddr. Yuri Baturin, sent this book (in the newest KSEVT publishing edition) to the International Space Station (ISS) on 7 January 2012. Along with the book, a portrait of the Slovene constructivist poet Srečko Kosovel also visited the ISS. A special orbit of ISS around the Earth was then named The Kosovel Orbit. Informance is dedicated to the humanization of spaceflight.

ORBITAL ACADEMY; 26 December 2012, at 18.00, in Vitanje [x]: at the KSEVT, a traditional solemn Orbital Academy will honour the 120-th anniversary of Herman Potočnik Noordung's birth. Among other things, the academy will feature the Teremidi Orchestra.