Space Messengers

Space Messengers: A mixed reality projection and youth workshop

Space Messengers is a mixed reality installation and youth workshop that is part of the BioSTEAM International youth exchange program in partnership with the U.S Embassy of Portugal and the U.S. Consulate General of Guadalajara.  This virtual collaboration connects middle/high school classrooms in New Mexico, USA with classrooms in Lisbon, Portugal and Guadalajara, Mexico through a shared sci-art installation that will tour around the world.

Through a series of youth workshops we learn about the universe and our relationship to earth and space from science experts in the fields of particle physics, astrophysics and space science. We hear from artists, indigenous cultural specialists and philosophers of science to explore how art, humanities and philosophy can be a tool to understand the impact of science on biodiversity. Through this collaboration we become more informed global citizens and caretakers of the interplanetary universe that is our home.

This interactive installation allows us to generate and project text messages collected from participating students and the live audience. Students co-write messages communicating the science they learned from scientists in the workshop. Students become STEAM Ambassadors sharing their personal thoughts and wishes for the future. The messages are projected along with the video-captured body silhouettes animated using Tagtool earth/space imagery created by students. The audience can visit this website page during the event for a live stream of the projection and to see all the students messages scrolling on their device. Participants can also send their own messages through the website and they will appear in the scroll and on the building in real time. Through this mixed reality experience participants on site in Lisbon or at home where ever they are become part of the installation in real time, radiating their space messages out to the world!

The Space Messengers installation will be projected on to the Palais de Marques de Pombal for the Festival Internacional de Ciencia e Arte in Oeiras, Portugal on October 11-17, 2021 with a satellite live stream projection in Taos, New Mexico in conjunction with The PASEO Festival.

Stay tuned for details on the touring schedule and contact us if you would like to bring Space Messengers to your festival, museum or community event.

Projecting Particles Collective

Lead Artists: Agnes Chavez, Markus Dorninger/OMAi team and Roy MacDonald, creative coder. Sound design: David Novack. Interdisciplinary speakers/facilitators: Dr. Steven Goldfarb, CERN physicist; Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning, LANL astrophysicist; Steve Tamayo, Lakota Cultural Specialist; Catarina Pombo Nabais, Philosophy of Science/University of Lisbon; Frank Tavares, NASA Communication Specialist; Ali Guarnero Lunas, NASA Aerospace Engineer. Curriculum  Advisors: Shane Wood, Quarknet staff; Dr. Greg Cajete, Native-American Author/cultural specialist. Visual Program Designer: Estacia Huddleston. Multi-media/Tech development and support: OMAi/Tagtool team/Josef Dorninger and Matthias Fritz;  Enrico Trujillo, University of New Mexico. STEAM Ambassadors: Dania Loya, New Mexico; Bianca Emidio, Brazil; Amina Abdrazakova, Canada.

Special thanks to our sponsors:  U.S Embassy of Portugal and the U.S. Consulate General of Guadalajara.