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Experimenta Social #42:
Cosmological Futures

Thur 20 July. 6.00 – 7.30pm
Free entry | Tickets essential


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Experimenta Social returns with Cosmological Futures, a discussion exploring the possibilities of art in outer space.  

Join Experimenta alumni artist Michaela Gleave, Executive Director of the Mars Society and a board member of the National Space Society of Australia, artist and author Dr. Annalea Beattie and other contributors reflecting on the social, cultural and ethical implications of future, off-planet settlements. The discussion contemplates how we can combine artistic, scientific and civic methodologies to reimagine art and its institutions within an infinitely expanding universe.

Cosmological Futures introduces novel meditations inspired by concepts investigated within Michaela Gleave’s new commission Of sky and sea presented at Docklands 17-20 August as part of the Now or Never Art Trail. This site-specific installation emerges out of a body of work examining experiences of connection and disconnection within private and public, physical and temporal spheres.  

WHEN: Thur 20 July. 6.00 – 7.30pm
WHERE: ACMI X, Level 2 Alfred Deakin Building, Flinders Street, Melbourne 3000

After the discussion join us for a drink* downstairs (first one is on us) and enjoy a long awaited catch up with the Experimenta Social team!!


*Drinks at bar prices

Experimenta acknowledges the Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, on whose land we meet, share and work. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.


Michaela Gleave

Michaela Gleave is a contemporary artist who's conceptually driven practice spans numerous mediums and platforms including digital and online works, installation, performance, photography, sculpture, and video.

Michaela GleaveBediagal/Wangal Country
Sydney, NSW, Australia

Michaela Gleave is an artist based in Bediagal/Wangal Country, Sydney, Australia. Gleave’s conceptual practice spans numerous mediums and platforms including digital and online works, installation, performance, photography, sculpture, and video. Her projects question the nature of reality and our innate relationship to time, matter, and space, focusing particularly on the changing intersections between art, science, and society.

Gleave’s work has been presented extensively across Australia and internationally. She has developed major performance and installation works for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Dark Mofo Festival, Hobart; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Bristol Biennial, UK; TarraWarra Art Museum, Melbourne; Carriageworks, Sydney; and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne among others. Gleave has been awarded residencies at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City, Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan, as well as CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, Australia.



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Dr Annalea Beattie

Dr. Annalea Beattie is an artist who works in space science. She is a Director of both Mars Society Australia and the National Space Society of Australia. She is a member of the International Dark Skies Association and The Association of Mars Explorers.

Dr Annalea Beattietrawtha makuminya
lutruwita (TAS) Australia

Dr. Annalea Beattie is an artist who is interested in the role of art and art making in long duration space travel. Based in space science, her practice considers how art making in Mars-like environments can contribute to thinking about how we might live in the future on other planets in confined, hostile and isolated circumstances that are not conducive to, but are in fact inhospitable to art making.

On space simulations and space science expeditions, she works with scientists and technologists to explore how the experiences of making art might activate small, extraterrestrial communities, promoting social cohesion, building rich, diverse, cultures and improving quality of life. Employing participatory methods and collaboration in often harsh, dark and extreme places, much of her art practice involves sensory deprivation. Much of it is mobile, performative and improvised, set in conditions and environments analogous to those on Mars.

Annalea has contributed to four Springer volumes on extraterrestrial liberty, speculating through her art practice how art making can invigorate communities off-Earth. She is an Executive Director of Mars Society Australia and a Director of the National Space Society of Australia. She is Adjunct Professor at the Centre of Excellence in Astrobiology, Amity University, Mumbai and a member of the Association of Mars Explorers.