TISA Workshop

4th International Space Arts Workshop (ISAW4)

Date Held May 19-22, 2013
Place NASA Ames Research Park, Mountain View, CA US
Advisors Lowry Burgess — Carnegie Melon Univ. (CMU); TISA Advisor and Workshop Chair
Frank Pietronigro — Zero Gravity Arts Consortium, ITCCUS; TISA Advisor and Workshop Co-Chair
Adarsh Deepak, PhD — TI Chair and Workshop Co-Chair


Image courtesy of Pablo Garcia of the Moon Arts Group.

Sponsored by:

Taksha Institute (TI) and Taksha Institute for Space Arts (TISA)
with Corporations/Foundations TBA

In Collaboration with:

CMU/SETI Institute/Singularity University/ZERO1/Zero Gravity Arts Consortium


  • Prof. Lowry Burgess — CMU; TISA Advisor and Workshop Chair
  • Prof. Frank Pietronigro — Zero Gravity Arts Consortium, ITCCUS; TISA Advisor and Workshop Co-Chair
  • Adarsh Deepak, PhD — TI Chair and Workshop Co-Chair


  • Simon Pete Worden, PhD — Director, NASA Ames Research Center, CA US
  • Roger F. Malina — University of Texas at Dallas, TX US
  • Jean-Luc Soret — Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP), Paris, FR
  • Bettyann Kevles — History Department, Yale University, CT US
  • Yvonne Clearwater, PhD — NASA New Media Innovation Team Leader, CA US
  • Doug Vakoch, PhD — Director, Interstellar Message Composition, SETI Institute, CA US
  • Alan Ladwig — NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC US
  • Sherry Bell, PhD — CA US
  • Chris Robinson — University of South Carolina, SC US
  • Marko Peljhan — UC Santa Barbara, CA US
  • Dimitris J. Kraniou, PhD — Point Park University, PA US
  • Sarah Jane Pell, PhD — RMIT, Australia
  • Stella Vosniadou, PhD — University of Athens, Greece
  • Ayako Ono — Japan (Invited)
  • Fumiaki Tanigaki — Japan (Invited)
  • Ishiguro Setsuko — Japan (Invited)
  • Tyler Stallings — UC Riverside, CA US
  • Richard Lowenberg — 1st-Mile Institute, NM US
  • Additional names to be added.


  • Ravi Deepak — TI West Coast, Room 1008, B-19, NRP, CA US
  • Catherine Houlahan — TI Hampton, VA US


The meaning of the “heavens” – the spanning sky – is an archetype across all cultures. Since the first humans looked upward we have pressed our deepest feelings into that radiant surround. When we look up and out imaginative intuitions are formed in the sky and cosmos above. There we find initial forms that give our utopic aspirations a place beyond – a transcendent place that drives the creativity in the arts, sciences, and technologies here upon the Earth. These accomplishments then allow us to look ever further upward in an ever expanding looping out and back.

Within such an expanding holistic vision of cosmos, ranging from the cosmos to the minutest energy-packet – from the infinite to the finite in time and space, fundamental ‘creativity’ requires unfettered freedom that is spiritual, emotional and physical – transcending existing boundaries.

This workshop’s gathering will disclose the extraordinary challenges to the Arts at the dawn of humanity’s movement into the solar system.


  • To gather a significant portion of the major space artists in the world whose art is about outer space, zero gravity as well as other space-engaged cultural scholars and educators, advocates and representatives of significant institutions (i.e. space agencies, universities and media). This will be a unique context for cataloging the cultural framework of Humanity in Space.
  • To present artists’ and scholars’ projects old and new to develop a summary overview of what has happened and is happening that can be of use to the entire global space arts community in future planning and action.
  • To produce open and confident engagement with space-oriented organizations, government agencies, institutions and corporations leading to a sustainable global body of experience, common practice and policy.
  • To develop a plan for a growing Space Culture (“Exospherics”) main “track” (“Living in Space”) for ISDC2014 in Los Angeles, with attendant exhibition potentials, as well as other future international venues. Furthering the concept that the meaning of the ‘heavens’ is an archetype across all cultures both historic and contemporary.
  • To coalesce technological goals to consolidate and interconnect Space Arts Archives and to bring together a logical and efficient organization of activity that will Enable much more international collaboration.
  • To develop Space Arts curricula with specific examples.
  • To develop a scholarly peer-reviewed online Journal of Space Art and Culture (JSAC.com) that is accessible to the global community, inspiring dedication to documentation and scholarly stewardship.

THEMATIC STREAMS (based on fundamental challenges):

I. Space Arts
II. Philosophy, including Space Aesthetics
III. Theology
IV. Psychology
V. Perception
VI. Consciousness
VII. Genomics – the future of Human Genomics and Life in outer space
VIII. Economics – Exonomics
IX. Law and Policy

I. Space Art History: Chair Bettyann Kevles

More TBA


SUNDAY, May 19, 2013
Arrival at NASA Research Park/TI/CMU Campus, and Mountain View, CA (suggested motels)
(Check out of facilities and equipment at Workshop venue, NRP Bldg. 152)
5:00 PM Executive final planning session and review of program
6:00 – 8:00 PM Registration and Reception at NRP Bldg. 152
8:00 PM Informal dinners among participants (suggested restaurants)
DAY I, MONDAY, May 20, 2013
8:00 – 9:00 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 AM Welcome (at end of Breakfast) Lowry Burgess, Chair
9:15 – 9:30 AM Purpose of the Symposium – Dr. Adarsh Deepak, Co-Chair
9:30 – 10:00 AM Short Overview of the Symposium– Lowry Burgess, Chair “Sky and Space – The Archetypal Global Domain”
10:15 AM – 12:15 PM Begin individual or group presentations/papers (pre-scheduled) (15 minutes each!)
12:15 – 1:15 PM LUNCH – (20 minutes each + brief discussion)
1:30 – 4:00 PM Continue Project Presentations – possibly two groups
(depending on numbers of participants desiring to present either 5 or 10 presentations)
4:00 – 4:30 PM BREAK
4:30 – 5:30 PM Initial gathering of thematic focus groups (Chairs will be named before the Workshop and groups organized with tentative agendas – but not finalized so that unassigned individuals can choose – including one or more ‘wild-card’ groups)
5:30 – 6:00 PM Initial feedback from ‘focus groups’
6:00 – 6:30 PM (transit to party/event location)
6:30 – 7:30 PM Space Arts Mash/exhibitions – videos, music – cocktails and nibbles – space arts hats – masks – performances, etc.
8:00 PM (potential large dinner – patron?) or small groups to different restaurants
DAY 2, TUESDAY, May 21, 2013
8:30 – 9:30 AM Breakfast Meeting in broad discipline or topical groups
10:00 – 10:30 AM Feedback from discussion groups
10:30 – 11:00 AM BREAK
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Thematic or action groups: projects, scholarship/education, funding, advocacy, and PR
12:00– 1:00 PM LUNCH: “Out of the Box” – freewheeling and brainstorming
1:00 – 1:30 PM Brief reports on “What fell out of the box!”
1:30 – 2:30 PM Thematic Groups (pre-organized)
2:30 –3:00 PM Brief reports from Thematic Groups
3:00 – 3:30 PM BREAK
3:30 – 4:30 PM Planning for ISDC 2014 Los Angeles (sub-groups, then all); and other potential venues, e.g., IAF and others…
5:00 – 6:00 PM Wrap-up – Action items with designated follow-through
6:30 – 7:30 PM General fun and frolic
7:30 PM Independent Dinners
DAY 3, WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2013
8:00 – 9:00 AM Breakfast meeting in various topic or interest groups
9:00 – 10:00 AM New presentations from various interests and individuals
10:00 – 10:30 AM BREAK
10:30 – 11:30 AM Organization of Action Groups
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Reports of Action Groups and General Discussion
12:30 – 1:30 PM LUNCHEON and Concluding Remarks
1:30 – 2:30 PM Executive meeting
2:30 PM ISAW4 Adjourns, Depart For Travel To ISDC 2013, San Diego, CA


Inquiries or to express interest in participating in this workshop, email: contact@taksha.org.

Named sponsorships and donations to cover the costs of travel lodging, and board of key space artists and experts to participate at the workshop are encouraged and welcome!

The administrative costs for organizing this workshop are provided compliments of Taksha Institute (TI), in collaboration with CMU and other organizations.


Information about nearby Lodging and Restaurants will be provided to the Registrants.



Mountain View, CA: NRP, Bldg. 19, Rm 1008, CA: Mr. Ravi Deepak, ravi@taksha.org, +1-757-848-8255 mobile

Hampton, VA: Ms. Catherine Houlahan, contact@taksha.org, +1-757-766-7990


Dr. Adarsh Deepak, a.deepak@taksha.org, +1-757-272-3066 mobile


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DISCLAIMER: Attendance at this event is for personal growth, and entails no promise of employment.