I’ve been in California for a month and it’s time to go home, more glad and happy to find what I came for.
But as the time comes to get back, I think about how far and how close we go, about the things we achieve or the things we constantly look for.
The farther we go, the more we understand how close we actually went.
My lecture about travel, about space and our future, was on October 22 at Thimann Lecture Hall 3, University of California Santa Cruz, where I began with the following quote from the NASA`s website about a current mission to the asteroid Bennu:
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is traveling to Bennu, a carbonaceous asteroid whose regolith may record the earliest history of our solar system. Bennu may contain the molecular precursors to the origin of life and the Earth’s oceans… asteroids like Bennu contain natural resources such as water, organics, and precious metals. In the future, these asteroids may one day fuel the exploration of the solar system by robotic and manned spacecraft. [asteroidmission.org]
This text by NASA provoked me to do my golden project right here in California, with the help of a few outstanding people I met.
After my presentation “LIGHTFLIGHT” I was invited to visit the university lab to monitoring Andromeda Galaxy, the only month time window to work with the Hawaiian telescope Keck II.
With Prof. Raja Thakurta we spoke about space and stars, about light and what we learn and what we are still looking for.
I am grateful to Jennifer, Enrico, Raja, Kyle and many more willingly got involved in my projects and we were able to record great interviews.
As well as incredibly interesting meetings and talks.
For me, it was endlessly inspiring to hear their reflections on the future, the precious things around us, our path, the challenges ahead, the strong connection between art and science.
A few days before the end of my artistic stay, we made an open studio with my works in progress – a series of drawings, photos of my travels, a video of an amazing piano performance by Nick Jones in the house I was staying at.
I am very impressed and glad of positivity and commitment of everyone to get involved, to talk about ideas, help me to develop my project, which I sincerely thank them.
The “Searching for gold high and low” continues.
Ivaylo Hristov, CEC ArtsLink Fellowship 2019