Art & Astronomy: intersections and oppositions a panel discussion



Followed by

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

By car: From Pembina Highway head onto University Crescent, turn left onto Dysart Road, and turn left on Parking Lot Q or take the street to the right to access the multi-storey Parkade. From your vehicle walk east past St John’s College to find the Allen Physics Building (entrances are located at the far end on each side, with lot of construction on the north side).

By Bus: Get off at the terminus station, walk toward the administration historical building and then toward the small green houses to find the Allen Physics Building.

When entering the Allen building, room 250 is the very first on your right, in the lobby.

 Click here for a 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.


Art & Astronomy: intersections and oppositions une table ronde

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La journée portes ouvertes au Lockhart Planetarium et Ewen Telescope

15 h à 16 h 30, jeudi, le 5 février 2015

Salle 250, Allen Physics Laboratory Building

Pour complémenter les activités qui entourent l’exposition de Fiona Annis, Outlines of Astronomy (the stars are dead but their light lives on), aceartinc. s’est joint au Département de physique et d’astronomie de l’Université du Manitoba pour présenter une table ronde  sur la relation qui existe entre l’art et l’astronomie. Séduisante et, pour les non-initiés, parfois mystérieuse, la représentation des étoiles fait partie d’une des sciences les plus anciennes, et de l’art, depuis des siècles. Mais quelles sont les points communs et les dissonances entre l’art et l’astronomie? Joignez-vous à notre discussion avec :

Fiona Annis, artiste

Dre Jayanne English, professeur adjoint du Département de physique et d’astronomie

Helga Jakobson/Mark Neufeld, artiste

Dr Gilles Ferrand, chercheur adjoint du Département de physique et d’astronomie

Après la discussion, vous êtes invités à vous rendre à la journée portes ouvertes du Royal Astronomical Society of Canada au Département de physique et d’astronomie et le Winnipeg Centre. Dès environ 17 h, il y aura une brève introduction au ciel la nuit dans le planétarium suivi d’observations avec des télescopes.