An open house at the Lockhart Planetarium and Ewen Telescope
3 – 4.30pm, Thursday 5th February 2015
Room 250, Allen Physics Laboratory Building
As part of the activities surrounding Fiona Annis’ exhibition, Outlines of Astronomy (the stars are dead but their light lives on) aceartinc. is partnering with the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Manitoba to present a panel discussion on the relationship between art and astronomy. Beguiling and sometimes, to the uninitiated, mysterious, the depiction of stars has been a part of one of the oldest sciences, as well as art, for centuries. But what are the sympathies and antagonisms between art and astronomy? Join our discussion with:
Fiona Annis, artist
Dr. Jayanne English, Associate Professor in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
Helga Jakobson, artist
Dr. Gilles Ferrand, Research Associate in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
Lockhart Planetarium and Ewen Telescope Open House
After the panel, you are invited to the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Winnipeg Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada open house. Starting at approximately 5pm there will be a brief introduction in the planetarium to the night sky in season followed by viewings through the telescopes.
Directions to Room 250 Allen Physics Laboratory Building
From Pembina head onto University Crescent, turn left onto Dysart Road and at the stop sign turn right into Parking Lot A. Currently the Allen building has a lot of construction beside it – go up the little wooden staircase to the doors beside the large white “Air Liquide” tank. Map
Fiona Annis is a Montréal-based artist and researcher whose practice emphasizes the use of photography and other time-based media. Following her Master’s degree at the Glasgow School of Art, Fiona recently completed a practice-led PhD at Concordia University where she currently teaches part-time. Fiona has exhibited in various contexts including: The AC Institute (New York City), The Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montréal) Goldsmith’s University (London), LowSalt Gallery (Glasgow), and The Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton). Her work has been published in BlackFlash Magazine, Front: Contemporary Art & Ideas, and Imagining Science, winner of the New York Book Show Award. Fiona is currently exploring the alchemic potential of antiquated photographic processes, a trajectory initiated during a six-month artist residency at The Penumbra Foundation in New York City. Concurrent projects also include an ongoing collaboration with The Society of Affective Archives, and upcoming solo exhibitions at Gallery44 (Toronto), VU PHOTO (Québec), Caravansérail (Rimouski), and aceartinc. (Winnipeg).
Dr. Jayanne English investigates the motion of galaxies in order to trace elusive Dark Matter. With respect to popularizing science, her forte’ is producing striking astronomy outreach images from research data. At Space Telescope Science Institute, which runs NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, she co-ordinated the Hubble Heritage Project’s first 2 years of image production. Her images appear in prestigious magazines, popular and educational books, and numerous websites. Her outreach work is well-served by her education at Ontario College of Art and Design University as well as her astrophysics degrees from University of Toronto (B.Sc) and Australian National University (Ph.D).
Dr. Gilles Ferrand is investigating the acceleration of particles by shock waves in supernova remnants and superbubbles. His work is mostly based on numerical simulations, in link with observations of the Galaxy at the highest photon energies. He regularly partakes in outreach activities of various kinds on and off campus. He completed his academic training in his home country of France, with a master in engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, a master in astrophysics from the University Paris 7 and a doctorate in high-energy astrophysics from the University Toulouse III. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the French department of energy (CEA Saclay), before moving to Canada where he is now a Research Associate at the University of Manitoba.
Helga Jakobson is a recent graduate of the BFA honours program at the School of Art at the University of Manitoba. She is a practicing interdisciplinary visual artist currently interested in bio-art and prognostication.