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bluedot announce headline Lovell Telescope projection artist and arts and culture programme

Renowned Japanese artist Daito Manabe is set to deliver a unique projection-mapped artwork at this year’s bluedot. In a world first use of live astronomical data, and working with the scientists at Jodrell Bank, he will transform the iconic Lovell Telescope into a vivid spectacle from 23:00 until 03:00 each night. This collaboration between world leading scientists and the award winning international artist will be the centrepiece of bluedot’s remarkable fusion of art, technology and the exploration of space.

The upcoming commission is part of Abandon Normal DevicesCOSMOS project – a flagship international art-science residency at Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory.

The award winning Tokyo-Based Media Artist, DJ and Programmer, Daito Manabe and technicians from Rhizomatiks Research have been working with scientists during a residency at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in May 2017, before returning to Japan to create a new artwork to inspire audiences at bluedot festival in July.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the discovery of pulsars in 1967, the artists will use live data collected by the telescope to create a generative audio-visual artwork.

Taking place 7-9 July at Jodrell Bank, the Cheshire observatory at the cutting edge of humanity’s quest for knowledge, bluedot is a three-day festival of discovery that promises to fuse a complex mix of artists, speakers, scientists and performers into an event unlike any on earth.

Full weekend camping tickets are now on sale and start from £159 outright cost or £59 for an individual day ticket.

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