A flagship international art-science residency exploring deep space.

COSMOS is a collaboration with The University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank ObservatoryCheshire East Council as part of SHIFT and Abandon Normal Devices, that launched in July 2017. 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 during bluedot festival.

The commission includes a residency at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, enabling artists to collaborate with scientists and researchers, experiment with data collected by the Lovell Telescope and others, and gain a new perspective on the observatory’s research. It offers artists and scientists a unique, new opportunity to connect and to visualise the knowledge gathered about deep space.

For 2017, we were delighted to invite award winning Tokyo-based Media Artist, DJ and Programmer, Daito Manabe and Rhizomatiks Research as the first artists to be selected for COSMOS. Manabe’s work Celestial Frequencies premiered during bluedot festival in July 2017.

Austrian based American artist Addie Wagenknecht was then our COSMOS artist for 2018, creating the work Hidden in Plan Sight inspired by the aesthetic of dazzle camouflage.

COSMOS is a flagship international artists commission and residency for Lovell Telescope. Produced by Abandon Normal Devices, commissioned by Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire East Council as part of SHIFT and Abandon Normal Devices. Supported by the University of Manchester, bluedot, and with public funds from Arts Council England. 

LiDAR* scans of the Lovell Telescope used in the production of COSMOS are provided by Arup. 

*(Light Imaging, Detection, And Ranging)

 Image: Young stars in the open star cluster, Credit: ESO / Creative Commons