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RumbleSat Art from the Edge of Space

by (author) Jim Parker, Lorene Shyba & Rich Théroux

Durvile Publications Ltd.
Initial publish date
Oct 2017
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RumbleSat: Art from the Edge of Space celebrates the two RumbleSat Art in Space missions; the Canadian Space Agency AUSTRAL 2017 campaign, and the JP Aerospace AWAY 123 launch. Featured in the book is the work of over a hundred artists who created original art for the voyages to space, along with a selection of poetry, stories, and comics by the artists and curators.

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Jim Parker, Flight Captain, UpRoute Space Program. Jim has a Ph.D. in Informatics from the State University of Gent, Belgium, and is author of three books including Start Your Engines: Developing Driving and Racing Games and The Guide to Computer Simulations and Games. A professor in Computer Science for 30 years and now in the Department of Art at the University of Calgary, Jim has also produced virtual theater; taught programming for artists; and been involved in various artistic productions.

Lorene Shyba, Mission Commander, UpRoute Space Program. Lorene’s doctoral degree is in interactive media and she is affiliated academically with the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Arts. Her active research interests include content and story building for books, games, and film and the use of new technologies in book publishing and filmmaking. She is also Mission Commander of the UpRoute Space Program and the RumbleSat Art in Space projects.

Rich Theroux, Curator of the RumbleSat Missions, is founder of Rumble House Gallery, formerly Gorilla House. He is a genius at painting and drawing and his art hangs here and there in prominent homes and galleries but he prefers not to boast about it. He and his tribe exist/co-exist in Calgary.

Excerpt: RumbleSat Art from the Edge of Space (by (author) Jim Parker, Lorene Shyba & Rich Théroux)

Excerpt form "Not Alone" a short story by Jim Parker. Only a few years earlier, they would have missed the object entirely. The astronomers at the Poem Tree Observatory had improved their small object detection system in the past few years, their ‘meteor shield,’ as people called it. The approaching object was at the limit of their abilities, moving rapidly through their solar system faster than a comet. It was not in orbit of the sun, so had come from outside the system. That fact alone made it worthy of interest, but the object also appeared to be slowing; interesting too, because only artificial objects do that. Jonos left the observatory at sunset. Many of the astronomers worked at night, or course, but Jonos was tracking local objects, and especially this object, with radar, and it was now below the horizon. Nothing more to be done tonight, as the object posed no danger. He took the tram down the hill to the elevator where his colleague Kip was waiting at the bottom. “Well, if it isn’t the famous discoverer of the extra-solar object!” Kip shouted. Their meeting was not planned, and in fact Jonos didn’t like Kip much. She was something of a motor mouth. However, Kip was on the committee that assigned radio telescope time, and Jonos knew that it behooved him to be nice around her. “Well, hello. I didn’t expect to see you today. How are things in the high pay levels?” Jonos asked. “I am perfect,” Kip replied, slapping Jonos on the shoulder. “You know, you have made my job so much more interesting. The sun was just touching the horizon. The sky was red, the clouds were orange and yellow, and the wind was rising, as it always did at sunset. The poem trees were singing a lullaby, and they smelled glorious. It was Jonos’ favourite time of day. He did not want it ruined by a chance encounter with someone he found as irritating as Kip. He sighed to himself. Kip continued, “We’re having some press here tomorrow. I hope you can spare them some time. They have questions, and I know that you don’t have all of the answers, but you’re now the expert. They need to hear from you.” “Sure, you know me. Always willing to help.” Jonos sighed again. “Listen, make it early in the morning so that I can get it out of the way before I start working.” He smiled weakly. “It would help. I’m not getting much sleep.”

Editorial Reviews

Being invited to contribute a piece of art that will go to space is not an everyday occurrence. The idea of multiple artists’ creative output in space brought a beautiful vision: I imagine all that art, high above us, emitting peaceful, constructive energy to the world below. The energy of artists—the energy to imagine, build, fail, and rebuild. Artists must be willing to dig deep, explore raw dangerous places, and fail repeatedly. Just like space explorers. Both artist and astronaut share a willingness to learn, to go where others haven’t, to explore. For this we need heart, faith and courage. I imagine little bits of love, faith, and courage sprinkling the world, inspiring us all to creative, gentle and generous lives.

Lucinda Atwood

What a special opportunity to send art into space!  When I think about how something I created went somewhere that I will probably never ever go is surreal and yet completely amazingly optimistic to dream of the possibilities that we have available to us today.  Being able to say, my art went into space is something that I will be able to tell children and grandchildren and who knows what they will be doing in the future!  Thank you for this great pioneering experience.  One of the paintings that went up was, Be Love.  I hope that message was felt throughout the cosmos.    

Kelly Murphy

rumble satellite, paintings in space. When I heard of this project I thought it was a Cool Idea. I wanted to send something into space, who wouldn't? I was worried though I usually miss things like this. Either I hear about it to late or my "real job" gets in the way. I had the water colours in my wallet just in case I made it to rumble house in time. I was very surprised to make, I think, the last rumble before things had to go in. Being me I felt I missed it. So when you messaged and wanted my feeling on having work that went to space I did a happy dance. Thank you for the cool project.

Dawn Escobar (do not have her art)

the maine coon studio cat on light paws drifts in on a cloud of weightless wispy fur effortlessly elevating from ground to shelf sits, staring expectantly, sniffs the paint water. "you doofus," I tell her, "you don't even know I have sent you to space." slowly she closes her eyes, pleased with herself.

One Fox Faraday

RAINBOW RUMBLE LEO CAT hello, thank you rumble house gorillas for making this happen. imagine! this piece represents a miniature of my pallate and process to large format painting. this piece makes available for study the effects of low earth orbit on Benjamin Moore Ben semi gloss paint on canvas.

Harold Pendergast

Painter: Imperfection is my definition of perfect. I strive to convey a sense of authenticity by capturing people in their truest moments. May that be in the best or worst of times. The pieces I presented in this exhibit have a deeply morose appearance. It represents the disconnect between my art and I as it leaves for many months into space and the following travelling exhibit. The sadistic, imbalanced features show one of the many realities of the human condition: the fear of loss.

Kaitlyn Popoff

Woven in between the gala triumphs and base nuisances on earth there is a fundamental need to feel connected. Feeling snipped off by misunderstandings or politics is an illusion that is soothed by the ultimate truth – that we exist in an endless dusty bubble of space and time. We design art and theatre to remind us of such truths. Sending symbols of this via art into the space environment reminds us that we are not, no never, severed from one another. We, all humanity, are forever tethered together in the universe. Gravity snaps us back like elastic to earth, but we nevertheless design to push forth, aloft as one. It feels inevitable. It feels right.

Renate Pohl

It was a unique project  to work on 2 almost identical miniatures formats.  One went to space  to be exposed to totally different  environmental conditions and the second one stayed behind here. The returned art work from space will be exhibited along with the one which remained here.  It will be an exciting moment  for artists as well as general  public to view to see if there will be any significant  signs of  change in the art works being in the atmosphere. It was special for me to participate in such a unique "scientific" project in space and I am eagerly looking forward to attend the opening. It was an honor to be asked to be a part of it. I am happy I did it.

Seka Owen RCA  

Teresa is a registered nurse who always loved to draw. When she started attending live art events at Gorilla House she was inspired by Jess and Rich and she knew she wanted to bring art back into her life full time and now she draws everyday, honing her skills and being joyful about the process. (she also not-so-secretly always wanted to be an astronaut so the opportunity to send art into space was a piece of a dream come true!)

Teresa Lyon

I remain optimistic that one day we will encounter alien beings with whom we can communicate, or that they will encounter us. Possible topics for communication: Joy, perception and discovery What it feels like to fly How big everything is, and how small We might learn a lot from those aliens. We might find we are not so different from one another. Definitely let us not descend into base negotiations of ownership

Verna Vogel

I work with symbols and the stories they tell. My work tells mostly female stories, from a female perspective. I want to keep these stories alive. I love magic. I love being connected through stories. I loved the idea of putting a primitive symbol of Gaia (Mother Earth) into space, opposites that would otherwise never get to meet: old and new, earth and sky.

Jess Szabo

My dreamcatcher was delivered to the space mission on International Women’s Day. These Divine Feminine moonstones are for my late Mother Sylvia Lee Oldpan my late Nokum’s Auntie’s Sisters, my Daughter and all the Missing and Murdered Women of Canada. We are moving from a Divine Masculine energy into a Divine Feminine energy. Grandmothers’ and Grandfathers’ dreamcatcher will look over us and bless us with understanding and peace.

Aaron Lee

When I create a piece of art I try not to think about who will see it; It’s a constant effort to ignore how my audience will react. Once the piece is finished it’s important to let it go…but to space? An idea so profound it has reshaped my conception of a works existence.

Mark Vasquez-McKay

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