Film Exhibition On From 22 September Until 29 January 2012

Film Exhibition On From 22 September Until 29 January 2012

Victoria Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher

Out Of This World Exhibition Opens At ACMI

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher visited the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) today to preview the new major exhibition that charts the history and future of space exploration as experienced through the moving image.

“Victoria attracts a range of outstanding events and exhibitions due to the exceptional quality of our venues and the skill of our events coordinators and curators.” Ms. Asher said.

“The world premiere exhibition Star Voyager: Exploring Space on Screen will be held at ACMI and is an exciting and unique exhibition that explores our enduring fascination with outer space.”

Star Voyager combines scientific and documentary footage together with feature films, video artworks and film production materials such as costumes and models as well as real NASA artefacts to examine how the mysteries of space have inspired artists, filmmakers and scientists through generations.

“Whether you watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon in 1969, have a fascination with Star Trek, or went on the journey with Will Robinson, our experience of space has been largely developed through the screen.” Ms. Asher said.

Ms. Asher was joined at the launch by NASA Astronaut Rex J. Walheim, a member of the 135th and final mission of NASA’s Space Shuttle program, Atlantis, which returned to Earth on 21 July 2011.

“It is an honour to have Rex Walheim in Melbourne for the launch of this exhibition. Max will participate in ACMI’s public program events including In Conversation where you can hear firsthand about his three space shuttle missions and see real footage.” Ms. Asher said.

Ms. Asher said visitors will be the first to experience a state-of-the art animation, developed by the Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology.

On Mars 3D has been created using data gathered by NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. This groundbreaking film experience allows visitors to explore in exquisite detail a recreation of the planet Mars.” Ms. Asher said.

Melbourne artist Peter Hennessy was also commissioned to develop an installation Star Lab especially for the exhibition. This interactive piece allows visitors can create their own space craft or astronaut, and then add it to a ‘universe’ that will grow as the exhibition progresses.

ACMI staff worked closely with a number of collaborators including the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the archive of the late great filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, whose films includes 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

“Congratulations to ACMI on this wonderful exhibition. I know it will capture the imagination of Victorians and visitors alike and will add immeasurably to Melbourne’s reputation as a dynamic city of arts and innovation.” Ms. Asher said.

In addition to the exhibition, ACMI will run a series of film programs, public talks, tours, workshops and education programs for all ages will be developed to further explore our fascination with space.

Star Voyager: Exploring Space on Screen is open daily 10 am – 6 pm at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square from 22 September until 29 January 2012.