The * as a Journal is a new independent magazine that focuses on exploring a different theme in each issue. It is intended for readers from all over the world interested in modern culture and is also an exceptional space for cultural cooperation, where creators, curators and researchers from Lithuania and various foreign countries collectively meet to reflect on topical topics, inviting readers to look at them. from unexpected cultural perspectives.
ISSUE 2 - COSMOS AS A JOURNAL
The new issue of The * as a Journal is dedicated to the theme of space. This issue was edited by Julijonas Urbonas, artist, founder of the Lithuanian Space Agency, and author of the Lithuanian National Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale. Another 18 artists, researchers, curators and journalists from Lithuania, the United States, France and Germany became co-authors of this issue.
J. Urbonas tells the readers of the Lithuanian Space Agency and the "Planet from the People" project created at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and also talks to composer and sound artist Gaile Griciūtė about the creation of the installation "Honey, Moon! ".
Daniel Gilfilan, a professor at the University of Arizona and a researcher of the world of the future, meditates on the sounds of space and invites you to listen to a comet singing.
Philosopher, author of popular science articles, Daniel Oberhaus, discusses extraterrestrial communication. If another civilization were to contact us, would we be able to understand each other?
Choreographer and dance researcher Kitsou Dubois, whose works range from theatrical productions to video installations and hybrid projects, talks to curator-writer Rob La Frenais about choreography in zero gravity.
EXO-MOAN studio co-founders Akvilė Terminatė and Eleonora S. Armstrong discuss gravity and interplanetary sex through design.
La giornalista scientifica Goda Raibytė and photographer Visvaldas Morkevičius present an interview with astrobotanist Danguole Švegždiene.
Dovilė Racėnaitė, an ethnologist and researcher of Lithuanian folklore, religion and Baltic mythology, raises her eyes to space from the perspective of Lithuanian mythology.
Vari tagli nella cultura spaziale sono completati da reproductions di oper di Audrius Bučas e Valdas Ozarinskas, MK Čiurlionis, Aleksandras Griškevičius, Pakui Hardware, K. Simonavičius, altri artisti e 8 opere d'arte cosmiche.
There will also be something to read for lovers of fantastic literature. The essay, Otherworldly Journeys, was published in 2014 by Nahum, a Mexican artist from Berlin and founder of the KOSMICA Institute. awarded with the Young Space Leader and the Karman Fellowship for cultural contributions to astronautics and space exploration. Architect, urban planner Fred Scharmen shares the astronomical biographical fiction "Whale Space, or, The Killers in Eden" specially created by * as a Journal. According to the author, most of the strange events he described actually happened.
Jane Levi, a food historian and utopian researcher at the Royal College of Art in London, examines the evolution and culture of eating in space. And anthropologist Claire Isabel Webb, who researches the research history of extraterrestrial life at the University of Southern California, talks about how space-associated smells affect how we imagine outer space itself. CI Webb's article is accompanied by an unexpected memory for readers: the smell of space created by Milda Dainovskytė, curator of contemporary art.
The design of the room, which reflects the theme of space, was created by graphic designer Gailė Pranckūnaitė.