The Story of Space

THE STORY OF SPACE 2017 provides a unique opportunity to learn about and experience space from a number of perspectives, promoting inquiry and exploration.


Artists, scientists, researchers, educators, and philosophers from around India and the globe, including the Netherlands, France, the UK, the US, Poland, China, Japan, and Brazil, are coming together to turn Panaji city into a learning playground for 10 days, from the 10th to the 19th of November.

The festival has 72 projects running—live experiences, a film program, installations, workshops, talks, and panels— on critical questions about space. The various projects have been carefully curated by our organizing team, with the aim of engaging audiences of all ages, from all walks of life, in a cross-disciplinary, creatively and intellectually stimulating experience. The Story of Spaceis FREE for all, and is for anyone and everyone to attend.

The program is now available on the festival website http://www.thestoryof.org/space2017/. The projects belong within the thematics of physics, politics, perception and philosophy. In their execution, they combine cutting-edge technology with cutting-edge ideas in different mediums of expression, be it photographs, films, text, sculptures, dance, theater, poetry, or drawing.

Some of the highlights of the festival include an interdisciplinary exhibition looking at the ‘void’ across science, philosophy (both Indian and Western), and art by theoretical physicist Giuseppe Bozzi, philosopher S Bhuvuneshwari, and architect and designer Manuel Scortichini with video inputs from the famous Minute Physics YouTube channel. Learn about the life and death of stars in an art-meets-science, larger than life spectacle by the Polish Institute B61. Mumbai based Akash and Thomas, who go by ‘Sound.Codes’, have collaborated with the Archeological Survey of India to acoustically map 45 sites over Goa, covering its heritage and culture, reproducing and archiving the sites and sounds of Goa at the cultural Fundacao Oriente building. Over the 10 day festival, US based Migratory Cultures will project local and international narratives around people’s experiences of migration, including stories of migration unique to the Goan diaspora, all over the city. The program also has panels making relevant inquiries like ‘what is sustainable development to Goa?’ And ‘what should learning in the 21st century look like in India and internationally?’, and talks by the likes of NASA scientist Henry Throop, exploring the question, ‘are we alone in the universe?’

The festival has been made possible through collaboration with the Corporation of the City of Panjim, Department of Art & Culture, Department of Science & Technology, Department of Education, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), partnership with embassies and cultural institutes like Fundação Oriente (Goa), Alliance Française (Goa), Italian Embassy Cultural Centre (Mumbai Section), Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council (New Delhi), The Polish Institute (New Delhi), Consulate General of Israel In Mumbai, The Japan Foundation (New Delhi), and collaborations with design schools like Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology (Bengaluru), National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad), Pearl Academy (New Delhi), and our Gold sponsors Only Much Louder and 91 Springboard.

The Story of Space is a community-led initiative. The festival committee continues to work tirelessly on project sponsorship. You can donate towards the initiative onhttp://www.thestoryof.org/space2017/donate/.

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