The BIS to exhibit ‘Space Refugee’ as part of Art Night ’18

On Saturday 7 July 2018 from 6.00pm to 6.00am, Art Night will transform the Thames riverbank with new commissions, one-off artist projects and premieres by 12 internationally renowned artists for London’s largest free contemporary arts festival.

Artworks will be sited across a dozen exceptional and historic sites along the trail, from cultural landmarks such as the Hayward Gallery and the Garden Museum, to more unusual spaces including New Covent Garden Market, the British Interplanetary Society, Embassy Gardens, and the iconic Battersea Power Station. A group of Art Night Guides, supported by Art Fund, will be on hand across the trail to guide visitors throughout the night, with a dedicated MBNA Thames Clippers boat running a bespoke route until 4am.

What does it mean for us?

The BIS is the proud presenter of ‘Space Refugee’ by Halil Altinderea multimedia installation allowing you to experience the poignant story of Muhammed Ahmed Faris, the first Syrian Cosmonaut whose life journey took him from the heights of national heroism to the hurdles of refugeeship.

Joins us on a spectacular VR journey to Mars, where you will have the opportunity to join astronauts for a walk on the surface of the Red Planet. You will encounter the day-to-day life of the first human colony, and see how plants grow without soil. But don’t be mistaken! This is not just a cool ride through the Solar System. This is about a man’s dream of a world of “freedom and dignity, where there is no tyranny, no injustice’’.

Curious to find out what drove an astronaut to say these words? Join us on Saturday, 7 July, at the BIS HQ in Vauxhall and find out!

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