“Who will own Space?”Meetings

The series of “Who will own Space?” meetings will give you a chance to find out more about the core ideas of the Festival through talks with its artists, scientists and special guests. Interdisciplinary discussion panels will be devoted to projects that combine elements of art, design, bioengineering, astronomy and social sciences. Prior to the start of our all-day discussions and presentations, we will invite you for brunch in the Festival café.

noon–1:30 p.m.
Artists colonise Space 

Moderators: Rafał Kosewski (CSC), Joanna Jeśman, Ph.D. (SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities)
Guests: Sascha Mikloweit, Joseph Popper, Aloïs Yang

According to astronomer Roger Malina, if using Space is to be complete and focused on development, it requires artists’ participation. What role do artistic projects play in raising interplanetary awareness? Does space exploration impact the image of contemporary art? We have invited three artists, who in their creative practice use both scientific data and pop-culture inspirations.

1:30 p.m.–3 p.m.
 The habitat of tomorrow 

Moderator: Bogna Świątkowska (journalist, Bęc! Zmiana Foundation)
Guests: Michał Kracik, Ph.D. (Department of Industrial Forms at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków), Leszek Orzechowski (Space is More)

From designing space travel to building habitats on Mars. To what extent does the functionality of items in extra-terrestrial environment apply to inborn aesthetic needs of humans? Will we try to recreate the earthly order in Space or decide to explore some new forms?  The panel on architecture and cosmic design will be attended by Michał Kracik, Ph.D. (student supervisor at the AFA in Kraków “Mars 2030”, prepared and consulted with NASA) and Leszek Orzechowski (co-founder of the Space is More initiative focused on space habitat design).

3 p.m.–4:30p.m. 
Humans, plants, robots 

Moderator: Jakub Bochiński, Ph.D. (CSC)
Guests: Agata Kołodziejczyk, Ph.D. (ESA), Ivan Henriques

Surviving very long spaceflights and constructing homes on other planets will depend not only on provision of adequate technical infrastructure, but also the possibility of “reprogramming” our bodies and adjusting them to new external conditions (e.g. cosmic rays, lower gravity). Robots will build habitats for us, where we will seed plants, which will then be used for production of food and everyday objects. Does it mean we are close to creating a new symbiosis between the organic, synthetic and cybernetic? Agata Kołodziejczyk, Ph.D., astrobiologist from the European Space Agency and Ivan Henriques, artist, creator of multimedia and hybrid works will be talking about the evolution of life in the outer space.

4:30 p.m.–6 p.m.
Space for everyone 

Moderator: Łukasz Wilczyński, (European Space Foundation)
Guests: Aleksandra Bukała, Ph.D. (SENER Polska), professor Mirosława Marody (Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw University) , Bohdan Widła, LL.M.

International space agencies, huge private corporations, independent experts, groups of enthusiasts working on their own satellites, scientists, journalists, social activists – all of them have different visions regarding the Solar System exploration. Which of them is most likely to be implemented? How do cosmic innovations impact our everyday life on Earth? Will Space remain a common good or become the ground for big capital competition? New social and economic models in the context of inhabiting the Moon and colonising Mars, law regulating the “usage” of other planets, treaties regulating extraction of valuable raw materials on these planets and asteroids – all these topics will be discussed by Bohdan Widła, LL.M., professor Mirosława Marody and Aleksandra Bukała, Ph.D., from SENER Polska, a space industry company, which for several years has provided products and technological solutions for ESA and NASA.


16 September 2017,

brunch 11 a.m.– noon,

meetings. 12:00 noon, 1:30 p.m.,
3 p.m., 4.30 p.m.


Festival café at the CSC,
1st floor

Free admission