NASA announced the opening of a free new art exhibit inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope at the Visitor Center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
In November 2016, artists from around the country applied to visit NASA Goddard to see the telescope, with its 6.5-meter-high, gold-coated mirror. Twenty five were selected to bring art supplies with them and be inspired to create in front of Webb, housed inside its massive cleanroom behind a viewing window. The artists represented a broad range of artistic media and styles, including watercolor, 3D printed sculpture, silk screening, acrylics, sumi-e (East Asian brush technique), comics, letterpress, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry making, fiber art, ink, mural painting, kite-making, tattooing, scientific illustration, poetry, songwriting and video.
Visitors can view an exhibit of the resulting artwork at the Goddard Visitor Center from March 3 to April 16, 2017. There is no entry fee for the Visitor’s Center, which is open to the general public.
The Webb telescope, a joint mission between NASA, the European Space Agency and Canadian Space Agency, will study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of planetary systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System and beyond.
Premiering in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States, homegrown right here in Baltimore. Light City will provide a backdrop for the celebration of ideas, ingenuity and creativity through art, music and innovation.
Light City will shine a light on Baltimore’s abundance of creative, cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary talent, and we welcome participants from across the globe to join us.
Light City’s innovation programming will generate an ecosystem of ideas and learning during the day – while lights, performances and live music reimagine the Inner Harbor at night.
200 YEARS OF INNOVATION WITH LIGHT
In 1816, Baltimore was the first American city to illuminate its streets with gas lanterns, revolutionizing the urban landscape forever by transforming the city with light.
200 years later, Light City Baltimore — a festival of art, music and innovation — will paint Baltimore with light, and illuminate the world with ideas from the brightest thinkers.
Join us as we light the globe from the streets of Baltimore.
Victoria Fu’s installation, Bubble Over Green, is a multilayered audio-visual experience in the former KAGRO building located at 101 W North Avenue in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District. The exhibition consists of moving images projected onto architectural surfaces, aligning the physical site with the space and textures of digital post-production.
Expanding Fu’s previous work addressing the virtual space of cinema, Bubble Over Green references our habituated haptic engagement with the digital image and touchscreen. The multi-channel video and neon installations depict performing bodies interacting with layers of digital effects. Actions based on touchscreen gestures and dynamics are translated into multiple, mediated, and sculptural contexts.Bubble Over Green features performers Polina Akhmetzyanova and Matilda Lidberg with sequences filmed in Sweden in May 2014 with funding from Art Matters Foundation.
The sun’s atmosphere dances. Giant loops swell up over the surface. Waves sweep through. Eruptions of material five, 10, 50 times the size of Earth explode out into space.
Solarium — an innovative new piece of video art — puts you directly in the heart of this mesmerizing show. The art taps into a vast reservoir of imagery from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
SDO watches ultratraviolet light invisible to the naked eye to track how material dances through the solar atmosphere. SDO takes a picture almost once a second — no other solar observatory has ever collected data on the entire sun at the speeds with which SDO does. Each image has eight times as much resolution as an HD TV.