For centuries, different civilizations have seen and interpreted in their own way the universe. Babylonians carried out mathematic annotations in all their observations. In ancient Egypt, the Nile flood, symbol of fertility, started at the time when Shotis could be seen shortly before the sunrise and the Greeks associated the interactions of the stars between them and they devised a spherical cosmos whose center made the Earth, sun and other planets spin around it.
In this way a broad scientific knowledge was formed until the Arabs cataloged the stars with the names used today.
During all these centuries, and in parallel to technological advances, philosophers have asked repeatedly about the meaning and reason of the universe and life. And nowadays, we look at the sky with all the uncertainty that looking at the cosmos makes us feel.
However, if there is something by which the humanity has ever been attracted it is the contemplation of this unknown and incomprehensible universe, in which millions of celestial bodies are orbiting around the sun.
We have been looking for an artist from all over the world that will be capable of integrating art and technology in a single project, providing with an artistic sense the millions of visual or numerical data, which are hidden in the universe. To help in this interpretation, the artist will make use, together with the team of scientists of the Observatory, of the most advanced astronomical observation systems. Artists who are able to create a work art inspired by these heavenly natures and data.
The aim of the program is to deepen in the relationship between art, technology and science, through the use of the latest technological developments made available to the artists. One look and a different approach to the scientific environments that produce to new artistic disciplines and revolutionary and innovative works of art. A unique and inspiring environment that will facilitate the direct connection between the artist and the vastness of the universe with the most advanced astronomical observation systems.
For this purpose, we launch this START TECHNARTE Artistic Residency Programme in La Palma island. A first call for which we have searched for one of the best observation locations in the North Hemisphere: The Observatory of Roque de los Muchachos, in La Palma island, where the Gran Telescopio Canarias is situated.
Technarte, along with CIT Tedote, the La Palma Island Council; the Ministry of Culture, Education and Sport; with the cooperation of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, Avantalia and CBT Communication and Multimedia, has launched this artistic residency programme at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory.
Roque de los Muchachos Observatory is on the verge of the National Park Caldera, 2,396 meters above sea level in the island of La Palma. The Big Telescope Canarias is there, one of the most complete batteries of telescopes in the world. The climate of the island and its geographical situation favours the formation of clouds that occur at an altitude of between 1,000 and 2,000 meters below the location of the Observatory which really favours a clear night sky and also serve as a protection against the light pollution from towns on the island. One of the best places in the world not only for the night observation but also for solar physics.
The chosen artist has the opportunity to live for a month with scientists who work daily at the Observatory, as well as to work with the most modern systems of astronomical observation. All of this with one goal, to create a work of art in direct relationship to the universe.