Even more recently, we received this email as regards our submission:
Dear Study Respondent,
My apologies for the delay since your response to our consultation on Cultural Utilisation of the International Space Station for the European Space Agency.
From the responses to the consultation phase, the study team submitted its preliminary report to the European Space Agency in early September. This report comprised:
1. Draft Policy Recommendations
2. Selection of Project Ideas by Type/ISS Feature
3. Historical Contextualisation of Art in Space, Space Habitats and Related Facilities
At the beginning of November, a 2-day workshop was held at the European Space Agency’s International Space Station - Erasmus User Centre, ESTEC, Noordwijk in the Netherlands. The aim of the workshop was to discuss and refine the draft policy recommendations for cultural utilisation of the International Space Station. It brought together representatives from the European cultural community and from the European Space Agency for a stimulating 2 days of discussion. These discussions will inform the recommendations that will be presented to ESA’s Director of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration.
From these recommendations, we hope that there will be put in place a structure within ESA for considering and assessing cultural proposals for utilisation of the International Space Station and its ground-based facilities. It is also possible that, prior to or alongside this, a small number of “demonstrator” projects using ground-based facilities may take place.
We will, of course, let you know of such developments as they proceed.
As representatives of the cultural community (however diverse), our aim is for the cultural community to be accepted within ESA as a user group for ESA’s ISS facilities.
My thanks again for your contribution.
ISS Cultural Utilisation (Arts Catalyst, Leonardo-Olats, Delta Utec, MIR)
Recently, more text-art-in-space in the news: a Guardian article by Michelle Pauli, “Poem about being human chosen for alien contact”, explains that the Adrian Mitchell poem “Human Beings” was selected by a vote of the British Poetry Society. Of course, selection is a bit different from an actual launch date:
Human Beings will be displayed at the National Space Centre in Leicester, and the Poetry Society has said that it will continue “to investigate ways to launch the poem into space”.
On the basis of present knowledge and the most likely explanation of the extraterrestrial hypothesis, we have been and are being visited by intelligent life forms who appear self disguising in and out of the narrow band of human perception. These continuous direct and indirect multifaceted alien manifestations demonstrate we are connected beyond the universe as we know it and are part of a much more profound cosmic process, the connecting of two species.
Th web site listed below is devoted to human beings open to a sober examination and response to the big questions phenomenon that has occurred since the inception of the Internet.
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I hope The Arts Catalyst commission is not another Tate in Space hoax/fiction/work of art!
I really like the idea of ‘a chatbot / Turing Test / IF design challenge from hell’. I agree entirely that was the task for Carl Sagen. I’ve attempted my own message for potential alien visitors to encounter:
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Which, for those who don’t know morse code, translates to:
Hello Visitors to our planet. We believe that this code will make it easier for you to understand us, cause we don’t really understand ourselves. Wish you were here.
Here is the neat site I found to do this translation, a place where you can get your morse output in sound as well…of course. But this play brought up a thought for me: what if our text transmissions are ‘read’ by aliens as a score, or even program code? Is it accurate to see our text as not these already?]]>