Space Messengers is a choreographed site specific large-scale projection where the collective ‘space’ messages and voices of youth participants are live mixed and projected along with their animated silhouettes on to buildings at international festivals.
We are living in an extraordinary time for scientific and technological advancements that are expanding our understanding of the universe. At the same time we are faced with the challenges of climate change and species extinction. We collaborate with youth around the world to raise awareness to the importance of scientific literacy and the ethical impacts of new technologies on nature and society. Our hope is to inspire our youth and communities to become more informed global citizens and stewards of the interplanetary universe that is now our home. Exploring at the intersection of the arts, humanities and philosophy with science and technology we contemplate and reimagine our humanity through this immersive art experience.
Space Messengers visualizes data. The installation generates and projects text messages collected from students that participated in an international youth exchange between Oerias Portugal and Taos New Mexico. Using a custom-designed platform we call the Space Board, students co-write messages communicating the science they learned and sharing their thoughts and wishes for a sustainable interplanetary future. These messages are seen floating on the wall along video-captured silhouettes filled with earth/space imagery expressing the ‘universe within’.
Space Messengers is participatory. The live audience can tweet or text their own messages which appear on the wall in real time during the event. An interactive set allows the live audience to have their silhouettes captured and added to the projection. The projection will be live-streamed via our website. Through this mixed reality experience participants at the site or at home where ever they are can become part of the installation in real time, radiating their space messages out to the world!
The PASEO Festival, September 17,18, 2021, Taos, New Mexico
Festival Internacional de Ciencia e Arte, October 7-11, 2021 in the courtyard of the Palacio do Pombal de Marques, Oeiras, Portugal
Interplanetary Festival, October 14,15, 2021 (tentative dates), Santa, Fe, New Mexico
Contact us if you would like to bring Space Messengers to your festival.
Projecting Particles Collective
Lead Artists: Agnes Chavez/Creative producer and artist, Markus Dorninger/OMAi team/Projection artist, 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; Joana D’Arc Moreira, Brazil; Amina Abdrazakova, Canada.
Special thanks to our sponsors: U.S Embassy of Portugal, Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund, U.S. Consulate General of Guadalajara.