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Professor Rachel Armstrong in conversation with Dr Sarah Jane Pell

Book launch event for Star Ark: A Living, Self-Sustaining Spaceship by Rachel Armstrong

Date/Time: Monday 26 September 17:30 - 19:00

Venue: Fine Art Lecture Theatre

Join Rachel Armstrong, Professor of Experimental Architecture at Newcastle University in conversation with artist and author Dr Sarah Jane Pell, Australia Council for the Arts Fellow, TED Fellow, Senior Space Art Consultant to Icarus Interstellar to celebrate the launch of Star Ark: A Living, Self-Sustaining Spaceship ahead of its publication on 27 September.

Star Ark is a book about "worlding" and the formation of an interstellar culture that helps us reach escape velocity from the current global industrial paradigm and its pervasive socio, political and economic instruments. It invites us to think about "being in the world" and how we may realise this change at a time of great turbulence and growing inequalities. Based on an ongoing real world project Persephone, part of the Icarus Interstellar portfolio of projects that propose to construct an interstellar research platform in Earth's orbit within a hundred years, expert contributions from a range of disciplines – from astrochemistry to political scenography and the arts, consider our future among the stars and our present here on Earth.

At the heart of Star Ark is a profoundly ethical project that asks about the nature of humanity and the broader role that reunites us as a diverse yet coherent species that is able to deal humanely with the paradoxes and contradictions of our times and prepares us for great challenges in the near and far futures.

The launch event will be a conversation between Rachel Armstrong (editor/author) and Sarah Jane Pell (artist and author of Bodies in Extremis) about the kinds of practice that have led to the relevance of the interstellar question to contemporary arts practice and the nature of investigation necessary for the articulation of 3rd millennial practices of transformation.

Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture, Persephone Project Leader for Icarus Interstellar, Rising Waters II confab Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency Fellow (April-May 2016) and a 2010 Senior TED Fellow.

All welcome.

Image credit: Frederik de Wilde StarshipSPIDER