Watch the Lovell Telescope transform in a new projection mapped artwork.

Our annual festival of discovery, bluedot is set to return from 18 – 21 July, coinciding exactly with the 50th anniversary of the iconic 1969 Moon landing. In celebration of this extraordinary moment, and to mark Jodrell Bank’s important role in the historic mission, projection mapping artists Illuminos will present ‘Lunar Loops’, transforming the Lovell Telescope with an incredible visual representation of archive materials from the Apollo 11 mission.

Using some of the 19,000 hours of audio ‘loops’ created between mission control and the lunar module, fused with signals and recordings generated by the Lovell Telescope as it tracked the moon landings, Illuminos will bring their unique projection artwork in a one-off spectacle that’s not to be missed. Using a combination of graphics and audio, visual representations of these audio feeds will be made to chatter, rise and fall across the epic canvas of the Lovell telescope. The beeps, tweaks and spoken word all created as lines and patterns reminiscent of the chart recording signals the telescope itself creates.

The visual feast will culminate in a real time video mapping of the moment of touchdown on the Moon at 3.56am, 21 July – 50 years to the minute from when our small blue dot was first seen from the lunar surface – the moon rising across the base of the Lovell dish.

bluedot 2019 arts programme….

In 2018, bluedot’s critically acclaimed arts programme saw the world-premiere of Luke Jerram’s Earth. To continue this year’s Moon landing celebrations, 2019 festival-goers will also get the opportunity to reflect on the Moon’s wonder and magnificence in Jerram’s hugely popular piece Museum of the Moon. View the moon close up like you’ve never seen it before in a 360 degrees projection of the lunar surface supported by a sound composition,and a series of lunar inspired events.

This year’s cosmic culture programme also welcomes back Global Grooves: Night Parades. With astronomically brilliant beats, dancing robots from the future, a giant astronaut, a mobile lunar digital light show and general cosmic craziness… It can only mean one thing -Illuminated lunar parties and night parades are back!

Further highlights include the chance to explore an extraordinary fusion of immersive experiences in the Ocean of Light by Squid Soup; where virtual and physical worlds meet, talk to the skies with Ithaca’s interactive light and sound installation; or enter the world of musical composition with Mr Beat.

Whether its using the language of mathematics, logic and science to explore the Black British experience, don’t miss Keisha Thompson’s Man on the Moon, an exploration of Afrofuturism, incorporating music, spoken word, theatre and dance. Plus, look out for Circus Zambia’s award-winning daring acrobatics, hip hop dance, circus skills and comic spectacle.

View the full culture programme and book your tickets online here.