California Gold Rush

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.

Ivaylo Hristov, Open Studio, DARC, UCSC, Nov 7th 2019.
“Flight” golden foil and text and drawings.

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]

Ivaylo Hristov – Visiting Artist Lecture, Thimann Lecture Hall 3, UCSC.
Photo J. Parker

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.

Ivaylo and Prof. Raja Thakurta, Depart Of Astronomy And Astrophysic, Lick Observatory, UCSC
Photo: J.Parker

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.

Video interview with Prof. Jennifer Parker, Sculpture, Digital Arts/New Media, Founding Director, OpenLab Collaborative Research Center, UCSC

As well as incredibly interesting meetings and talks.

Prof. Kyle McKinley and his time machine in the local Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz,
before record video interview
Prof. Enrico Ramirez and students, Astronomy & Astrophysics Department, UCSC

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.

Talk with Prof. Raja Takurta at opening of my art event, DARC, OpenLab, UCSC

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.

Searching for gold high and low, Ivaylo Hristov Open Studio, DARC, OpenLab, UCSC, Nov 2019
“Golden tones” Video – Piano playing, Nik Jone.
Opening: Searching for gold high and low, Ivaylo Hristov Open Studio
DARC, OpenLab, UCSC, Nov 7th 2019
Opening: Searching for gold high and low, Ivaylo Hristov Open Studio
DARC, OpenLab, UCSC, Nov 7th 2019
Opening: Searching for gold high and low, Ivaylo Hristov Open Studio
DARC, OpenLab, UCSC, Nov 7th 2019
Opening: Searching for gold high and low, Ivaylo Hristov Open Studio
DARC, OpenLab, UCSC, Nov 7th 2019
Opening: Searching for gold high and low, Ivaylo Hristov Open Studio
DARC, OpenLab, UCSC, Nov 7th 2019
Workflow, Santa Cruz, CA

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

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