"My aim is to re-imagine the history of space science as one that is more inclusive and diverse." Visual artist and filmmaker Anna Hoetjes (DAI, 2011) is the winner of the Mission: Art-Space Exchange research residency at the European Space Agency. During her residency, Anna will spend two months with space science researchers at the European Space Research and Technology Centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, the largest ESA establishment and hub of European space projects.

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The residency includes a partnership with Science Gallery Rotterdam to run two workshops with young adults (15-25 years of age) in the Rotterdam area, as well as opportunities for dialogue with biomedical researchers of the Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam (Erasmus MC). The residency’s aim is to bridge art, science, and society in the field of space science by providing opportunities for people from these different communities to share perspectives, practices, and questions on themes of common interest.

Anna’s artistic practice is focused on investigating how seeing and been seen in a technologically-mediated world has evolved over the years, drawing parallels between early 20th century history and technological developments today.

During her residency, Anna will explore concepts that lie at the heart of her art, especially in the context of spectroscopy – the study of the interaction of matter with light across the electromagnetic radiation. Spectroscopy is a vital component of space exploration and she will also have an opportunity to explore its use in medical research at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam.

Read more: https://www.esa.int/About_Us/ESTEC/Artist_wins_residency_at_ESA_s_technical_heart

About Anna Hoetjes