Bedwyr Williams and the Starry Messenger

The Institute for Imagined Futures & Unknown Lands will be participating in the following Amateur Convention:

More details to follow

An Amateur Convention in consideration of Wales in Venice 2013 at St Fagans: National History Museum, Cardiff.

Friday March 15, 11am – 5pm

“The astronomer is stood in the window in a kind of half trance because he is getting a buzz from seeing his observatory with a starry night above it. So even though whilst he should be in there looking into the eyepiece breathing noisily through his nose chomping on the eyepiece with his baggy eye he’s actually getting some pleasure from looking at his hobby. The brochure he had thumbed for months showed a scene not unlike this. This man is observing his observatory”

Extract from, ‘The Astronomer’, by Bedwyr Williams, Performance Text, 2012.

Featuring Bedwyr Williams alongside other contributors, the Convention promises a great day of artistic interchange in a unique venue. Composed of talks, performances and film screenings that explore the relationship between stargazing and the home, the cosmos, the role of the amateur, this informal event poses crucial questions, such as:-

Why, through the ages, have we been so fascinated by the cosmos? How have we used it to learn more about our future and discover knowledge of our past? What does it mean to work as an amateur in a field filled with professionals? How much dust is in the universe? What does a shrivelled apple have to do with a 19th Century photograph of the moon? How is Terrazzo flooring made? And why do atoms jiggle?

Alongside Bedwyr Williams contributors include; Dr. Haley Gomez, Cardiff University, exploring her research into the role that Cosmic Dust plays in both hiding and revealing many of the cosmos’ secrets; Amateur Astronomer, Moelwyn Thomas will consider how astrophotography in the home has changed over the past 40 years; Artist Thomas Goddard delves into the archive of the Beast of Bala: and Daryl Green, St Andrews University, discusses Nasmyth and Carpenter’s extraordinary book, The Moon Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite, that brought together two wonders of the 19th Century industrial imagination, astronomy and photography.


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