International Arts-Science Residency at Jodrell Bank

Last month, we launched a unique collaboration between the world-leading scientists here at Jodrell Bank, and the internationally acclaimed Japanese new media artist Daito Manabe, with an exhilarating new Arts-Science residency.

The Tokyo-based artist Daito, along with technicians from Rhizomatiks Research first visited Jodrell Bank in May to work alongside our scientists, including Professor Tim O’Brien, before returning to Japan to create a new projection-mapped artwork set to inspire thousands of festival-goers at this year’s Bluedot festival.

In what will be the world’s first use of live astronomical data, the final artwork, which will be projected on to the Lovell Telescope on 7-9 July, will be a remarkable fusion of art, technology and the exploration of space. The piece times perfectly with the 50th anniversary of the discovery of pulsars in 1967 and our year-round celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Lovell Telescope (1957).

The commission forms part of our COSMOS project, a unique creative partnership with the cutting-edge arts organisation Abandon Normal Devices. Each year, COSMOS will invite international artists to create audio-visual work for projection onto the Lovell Telescope, and premièred at the Bluedot festival.

The project builds on the hugely successful artwork at last year’s inaugural festival where the legendary music pioneer Brian Eno presented a stunning projection on to the iconic landmark. Eno’s work, entitled Zenith, received wide critical acclaim and went on to win the Mind Blowing Spectacle Award at the prestigious AIF Festival Congress Awards (where Bluedot was also awarded Best New Festival on the Block).

To see the world-premiere of Daito’s work, and to explore a host of other creative arts and culture programming, visit Bluedot next month (7-9 July). Tickets are available from £59.



Arts at Bluedot

Elsewhere across the festival’s arts and culture programme is internationally acclaimed French theatre company, Compagnie De Quidams, who will host their ephemeral processional performance ‘Herbert’s Dream’ on the opening night of the festival. Illuminated and entrancing, and appearing on the Friday night only, this unique and other-worldly parade is certain to be a Bluedot highlight. The Jodrell Bank team have been working with pupils from local Crewe school Beechwood Primary to create pulsar-inspired lanterns for the procession.

Meanwhile, last year’s popular Outer Space area will return to the Jodrell Bank Arboretum with new multi-sensory artworks and installations. Outdoor Arts experts Walk the Plank are once again producing this immersive celestial experience and are inviting festival-goers to get closer to the cosmos with fire, sound and light installations.

“A boundary-breaking blend of science, music, and technology”  The Guardian