Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Press Release for 'THE SPACE COAST' Tour

The Solar Airstream Fab Lab will be departing from Alfred, New York in mid October and working its way down the East Coast to the Space Coast then on to Miami and Key West in December. It is due to return back to New York by January 2015.

The Space Coast in particular attracts us because of its history of exploration.

The Solar Airstream Fab Lab is a 1960’s Airstream converted into a digital sculpture lab and research studio, harnessing solar energy via 2 x 22ft panels on the roof it is primarily a mobile studio for small scale production of art. Housing Paul Higham’s custom built rapid prototype machine where he manifests objects from data, whilst Coral Lambert works at each site developing environmental foundry processes utilizing the mobility of the studio.

The Space Coast is a region in the U.S. state of Florida around Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. All of NASA-launched manned spaceflights running from Project Mercury in 1961 to the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011 have departed from either KSC or Cape Canaveral. The Air Force Station has also launched unmanned military and civilian rockets. Cities in the area include Titusville, Cocoa, Rockledge, Cape Canaveral, Merritt Island (unincorporated), Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Indialantic, and Palm Bay. It is bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean.


Digital Fab Lab : Rapid Prototype Technology
Paul Higham will be using his custom made rapid prototype machine to create a series of works involving data acquisition along Florida’s Space Coast.

Environmental Foundry : Clay Mold Process
Coral Lambert will be using the sites along the Space Coast for inspiration as well as to collect objects to mold and cast along the way. She will be developing and further researching her Environmental Foundry practices using the site specific resources at hand. For example a simple mold made from clay, sand and organic matter can be used to make piece molds off of a found object then charcoal and hand pumped bellows to melt the metal. Environmental Foundry uses appropriate and sustainable technologies and materials, such as beeswax, clay, solar, wood, earth, vegetable oil and charcoal to make molds and melt metal.

SPACE COAST TOUR STOPS (subject to change)

October 17th           Depart Alfred, New York

October 20th           Lecture : Salisbury University, MD

October 21st           Airstream Exposition, Salisbury University, MD

October 27th           Lecture + Studio Crits : University of North Carolina Greensboro

Weds Oct 29th        Lecture, Studio Crits + Airstream Exposition :  Davidson College, NC

November 7th        Lecture + Airstream Exposition, SCAD Savannah, GA

November 13th       Lecture : University of North Florida, Jacksonville

November 15th       Iron Pour : University of North Florida, Jacksonville

November 18th       Research Kennedy Space Center

November 20th       Research Cocoa Beach : Space Coast

November 24th       Lecture + Airstream Exposition : FAU Boca Rotan, FL

December 1-2nd     Art Miami

December 3rd         Research Coral Castle

December 4/5th      Orion Rocket Launch : Kennedy Space Center.

December 13th      Research Space Coast Mission: Over and Out

See you on the road !

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