Space Soon

  • Space Soon 1 Roundhouse London 2006
  • Sarah Jane Pell, Space Soon The Roundhouse London 2006
  • Sarah Jane Pell, 3 Garett Finney, Space Soon The Roundhouse London 2006
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  • Alan Bean, 5 Space Soon The Roundhouse London 2006

Art & Human Space Flight

The Roundhouse, London | Exhibition and Symposium 09/09/2006 – 10/09/2006.

Space Soon unfolded a spectacular succession of art and space events each curated or commissioned by The Arts Catalyst. The Roundhouse was transformed into a rocket factory for a rocket going nowhere - Gravity by Aleksandra Mir. Outside, N55 and Neal White’s Space on Earth Station reversed into the future, while in the labyrinth of Roundhouse Studios, London Fieldworks investigated long-term space travel in SpaceBaby, while on the upper floors Michelle Griffiths constructed her Lunar Capsule. The Arts Catalyst - Space Soon...

Unfortunately my ambitous human aquatic lab performance SubCulture was not able to be reaslised for the event but the opportunity sparked many critical conversations with producers The Arts Catalyst, collaborators and industry partners. I was invited to speak at the Symposium and participate in panel discussion at Space Soon, and have continued to pursue the dream of long duration underwater human performance laboratories. Space Soon was an important bottleneck, and by pushing through it, a whole new world of possibility has emerged.


Scientists, artists, writers, space visionaries and entrepreneurs meet in this two-day symposium to explore the future of space exploration from the human perspective

"A critical consideration for long durational underwater habitat is the need to understand the specific consciousness of gravitational and aqueous conditions on human performance behaviours and limits. I propose this consciousness is a balance between the forces to affiliate and forces to withdraw from inner and outer spaces. An important question is just what this balance implies for the aquanaut and all related life support systems in subspace and how is it recognized and communicated."

Pell, 2005


human aqua lab 2005-2011

The Roundhouse, London

Taking Control: Space Soon Symposium
Was the Apollo programme, its origins in Cold War posturing, ultimately the most successful art project in history? What do we really gain from human space exploration, culturally and scientifically? How do we design long-term space missions, such as the mooted trip to Mars, so that astronauts are able to have a humanising experience? In an unstable world, who should be the decision makers in the quest for space?

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