Residency / Jodrell Bank Observatory

13 – 18 May 2017
Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield, Cheshire (UK)

Scheduled to take place each summer, COSMOS invites an international artist to create a new audio-visual work developed for, and to be projected onto the iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory during the award-winning bluedot festival.

For this inaugural year, AND has invited Daito Manabe – Tokyo-based Media Artist, DJ, Programmer – and Rhizomatiks Research to be the first artists to develop a site-responsive work for COSMOS.

A key aspect of the commission is the residency – an opportunity for the artist to spend time at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics to work with researchers and scientists. It enables the artist to collaborate with scientists, to experiment with data collected by the telescope, gain a new perspective on the observatory’s research and to visualise the knowledge gathered about deep space.

Find out more about Manabe’s residency in this behind the scenes video:

For 2017, marking the 50th anniversary of the discovery of pulsars in 1967, Manabe will use data collected by the telescope to create a generative audio-visual artwork, bespoke for the telescope. Specifically for COSMOS, Arup have carried out laser scans of the telescope and created an accurate 3D model of the structure, enabling it to be projection mapped in real-time and with a level of detail not previously possible. 

Following the residency in May, Manabe has returned to Japan to work with his Rhizomatics Research team to create the new work to premiere at bluedot festival 7 – 9 July 2017.