[spectre] Some Exciting News from Leonardo/Olats Residencies Residents

Annick2 anikburo at gmail.com
Mon Feb 14 17:52:27 CET 2022

Dear friends and colleagues,

Most art residencies asks for a project and most of the time 
on a specific theme. For the Maison Malina Residencies with 
Leonardo/Olats I took the opposite approach: no theme, no 
topic, no obligation for production of any kind.
The results are quite exciting, I must say. Here the first 
one to be announced, more to come!

*/Adsum, /**the New Space Artwork by Eduardo Kac to launch 
on February 19th 2022.*
/Adsum/ will flyon an Antares 230+ rocket from Wallops 
Flight Facility, Virginia, to the International Space Station.

Watch it live! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8CmrJFyYt4
Northrop Grumman is targeting liftoff of its Antares rocket 
no earlier than 12:39 p.m. EST / 18:39 CET Saturday, Feb. 
19, from NASA's spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia.

 From the artist's website:
"/Adsum /is a cubic glass sculpture inside of which letters 
are laser engraved. The letters are positioned one in front 
of the other, thus forming a spatial poem inside the solid 
glass cube that can be read in any direction. 'Adsum' means 
“I am here” in Latin, as used to indicate that the speaker 
is present (equivalent to the exclamation "here!" in a roll 

To create this space poem, I developed a new typeface in 
which the letter “N” takes the form of an hourglass and the 
letter “S” has the shape of the infinity symbol. This is so 
in order for the work to be legible from any point of view 
within the cube. The two other letters, which stand between 
“N” and “S,” are a lowercase “o” and an uppercase “O” 
(evoking the Moon and the Earth, respectively). Taken 
together, it is always possible to read either NoOS or SOoN 
in three dimensions".

/Adsum/ was publicly presented for the first time at the 
EuroMoonMars workshop, November 18-20, 2019,

realized at the European Space Research and Technology 
Center (ESTEC), Noordwijk, Netherlands. /
/Adsum/ will fly to the ISS with the support of the 
Stichting Moon Gallery Foundation./
/Adsum/ was conceived and produced in 2019 during a Maison 
Malina Residency in Paris,

curated by Annick Bureaud and organized by Leonardo/Olats 
with the support of Fondation Daniel & Nina Carasso.
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