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Ballarat International Foto Biennale – A Field Guide to the Stars

Photography and astronomy have an intrinsic relationship, reflected in technical advances and the collective imagination of space. This is a group exhibition that explores how space might be understood through photomedia. Photographic, moving image, contemporary and historical artworks.

When: Saturday, August 19 2017 till Sunday, September 17 2017. 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum
439 Cobden Street, Mount Pleasant, VIC, 3350
Topic: Space and astronomy
Cost: Free
Bookings: 0429 199 312
http://observatory.ballarat.net/events/event/ballarat-international-foto-biennale-a-field-guide-to-the-stars/
Other: Wheelchair access
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Photography and astronomy have an intrinsic relationship, reflected in technical advances and the collective imagination of space. A Field Guide to the Stars is a group exhibition that explores how space might be understood through photomedia.

Through a constellation of photographic and moving image projects, celestial observatory spaces are conceptually linked with contemporary and historical artworks.

Featuring seven Victorian and international photographers, the exhibition comprises Australian astronomical photography, artistic inquiries related to the cosmos, a site-specific camera obscura, vintage photographic plates from the Australian Astronomical Observatory, photographs from the Lunar Orbiter V (1967) and outdoor video projection events.

Central to A Field Guide to the Stars is the role of astronomical observatories and archives, as well as an exploration of human perception of scale, distance and time.

The exhibition, curated by Rebecca Najdowski, obscures the boundaries between art, science, technology and archival material, and brings together unique and varied photoartistic practices with historical, scientific astronomical photography and ephemera to explore the human position within an ever-expanding universe.

With its 130 year history, Ballarat Observatory is the perfect location to experience this special exhibition under the stars.

The exhibition features the work of Clare Benson, Alex Cherney, Kate Golding, Kate Robertson, Hillary Wiedemann, Rebecca Najdowski and Eric William Carroll.

Additional Information:

There is a charge for viewing through the telescopes Tuesday - Saturday. Open Times: Tuesday - Friday 10.00am - 7.00pm, Saturday 12.00pm - 8.00pm, Sunday 12.00pm - 5.00pm.

Contact details:

Judith Bailey
Ballaarat Astronomical Society
Email: bas@cbl.com.au
Phone: 03 5332 7526
Mobile: 0429 199 312

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