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Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration Opening Jan 19th

Opening Exhibition: Saturday, January 19th, with a panel discussion from 3-5 PM, which is followed by the reception from 6-9 PM. Both are free admission events.

Co-curated by Tyler Stallings, artistic director of the Culver Center and director of Sweeney Art Gallery, and by Marko Peljhan, UCIRA Co-Director and associate professor of art and media arts and technology at UC Santa Barbara. Both curators are involved with the Leonardo Space Art workshop, sponsored by MIT’s Leonardo journal, and the International Astronautical Federation Committee for the Cultural Utilization of Space, a largely European-based organization that promotes and facilitates the innovative utilization of space by cultural sectors of society internationally.

The exhibition is the largest one organized by UCR ARTSblock, encompassing all three venues (California Museum of Photography, Culver Center of the Arts, and Sweeney Art Gallery) and using 8,600 square feet of galleries.

Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration is the first contemporary art exhibition in the U.S. to present an international array of artists and organizations who are exploring the potential democratization of space exploration and the intersection between artistic production and civilian space travel. The possibility of fulfilling the human dream to fly into space has been encouraged by a major political and cultural shift away from state-sponsored space activities—which are controlled by agencies such as NASA in the USA, JAXA in Japan and RKA in Russia —towards a private enterprise model.

Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration is the first contemporary art exhibition in the U.S. to present an international array of artists and organizations who are exploring the potential democratization of space exploration and the intersection between artistic production and civilian space travel. The possibility of fulfilling the human dream to fly into space has been encouraged by a major political and cultural shift away from state-sponsored space activities towards a private enterprise model.

Free Enterprise is comprised of twenty-five artists, collectives, organizations, and initiatives, which includes several commissions for the exhibition and additions to the permanent collections at UCR ARTSblock. A variety of media will be represented: drawing, photography, video, sculpture, painting, and artifacts by: The Arts Catalyst (London, U.K.), Lowry Burgess (Pittsburgh, PA), Center for Land Use Interpretation (Culver City, CA), Richard Clar (Paris/Los Angeles), Skeith De Wine (Santa Ana, CA), Kitsou Dubois (Paris), eteam (New York), European Space Agency Topical Team Arts and Science (international participants), Final Frontier Design (New York), Cultural Center of European Space Technologies / KSEVT (Vitanje, Slovenia), Agnes Meyer-Brandis (Berlin), MIR – Microgravity Interdisciplinary Research (international participants), Forrest Myers (New York), Trieste Constructivist Cabinet (Italy/Slovenia), Nejc Trošt (Slovenia/Houston, TX), Trevor Paglen (New York), Carrie Paterson (Los Angeles), Frank Pietronigro (San Francisco), Bradley Pitts (New York), Cosmokinetial Kabinet Noordung – Postgravityart (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Projekt Atol Flight Operations (Santa Barbara, CA and Ljubljana, Slovenia), Connie Samaras (Los Angeles), Christian Waldvogel (Zurich, Switzerland), Arthur Woods (Zurich, Switzerland), and XCOR Aerospace, Inc. (Mojave, CA).

Extended website with an essay, text on each artist, and images: http://sites.artsblock.ucr.edu/free-enterprise/.

Artnews article from June 2012 that discussed the show in the context of other space themed shows: http://www.artnews.com/2012/06/14/out-of-this-world/

Art Ltd. article that discussed the show within the context of desert-related art: http://www.artltdmag.com/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1351877569&archive&start_from&ucat=28&

For full Press Release on this exhibition, click HERE.

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