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Artist Mechelen participates in a project in which an artwork has been sent into space (Mechelen)

Artist Mechelen participates in a project in which an artwork has been sent into space (Mechelen)

Artist Peter Stewart at work. © Nasim Versbergen

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A unique artwork will be unveiled on Thursday at the VUB exhibition hall in Brussels. Some work has been sent into space twice in recent years. It was later expanded on the basis of the results of scientific research. Artist Mechelen Pieter Steyaert is part of the project.

Stijn van de Sande, Sven van Heisendonk

The Collective Artists of Space Ecology, Art and Design (SEADS) began the art project – Engines of the World about three years ago. They do this under the supervision of the scientist Karen van Donenck. The artist group consists of about thirteen artists, including Angelo Vermeulen from Antwerp and Pieter Steyaert from Mechelen. All of them had a connection to science themselves and went to work with the results of scientific research.

“Hundreds of thousands of tiny organisms have been sent into space to do the research,” Steyaert says. “We looked at how animals react to being in space. With the results of this research, we set out to work on expanding the artwork. A portion of the artwork also traveled twice to the International Space Station. It was just about fingernail-sized pieces. The final work is clearly Much larger “.

The artwork will be unveiled on Thursday at the Pilar, the exhibition space at VUB in Brussels, and can then be admired until Sunday 12 June. Steyaert asserts that he was only part of the project. “It’s a whole team work,” he says. “Obviously we should thank the scholars for the opportunities they provided. Their research formed the basis. In addition, it is a joint achievement of the group’s artists and some outside artists.”

www.pilar.brussels/en/events/manned-flight-rotifers-in-action

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