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Artist wins residency at ESA’s technical heart

Written by  Wednesday, 24 November 2021 08:59
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Aphrodite Terra

Dutch visual artist and filmmaker Anna Hoetjes is the winner of the Mission: Art-Space Exchange research residency at the European Space Agency. During her residency, Anna will spend two months with space science researchers at the European Space Research and Technology Centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, the largest ESA establishment and hub of European space projects.


Anna comments: “I am thrilled to start working with scientists at ESTEC around themes so central to my art practice, like colour, diffraction, and multiplication. My aim is to re-imagine the history of space science as one that is more inclusive and diverse. At ESTEC, I hope to get a deep understanding of the hardware and software that are used in space spectroscopy today, and discuss with scientists how techniques can be applied to develop an immersive optical installation.”

In her work, Anna often translates scientific datasets into tangible objects or animations, for example, by transforming chemical processes into ceramics, or by translating optical processes into light-based pieces. She combines art with audio, bringing together her extensive research into the history of science, scientific processes, and the interaction between imagination and technological developments, as well as engaging in an inquiry into the impact of space science and technology from a multitude of perspectives.

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