Our Deep Space activities are now well under way, where we are extending our focus out into space, through learning about the presence of particles from Deep Space, know as Cosmic Rays, on earth. We have worked with Ian Falconer to develop the project and Software Cornwall have partnered with us to develop a simple cosmic ray detector, using a Raspberry Pi to process the information which we receive from the detectors, helping us to sift through the background radiation and spot the particles which have amazingly made it from the tumultuous activity in Deep Space all the way to earth! Our artist-led performance at Sterts Theatre is now complete and we are looking at ways of extending the use of our Cosmic Ray Detector into controlling video playback. More on this later!
We were delighted to partner with Goonhilly and CAST/Groundwork to offer a special event last year. It was a wonderful chance to learn more about how artists work with science and to have a hands on experience of working with the Raspberry Pi mini-computer, followed by a chance to see the wonderful Groundwork film screenings of work by SemiConductor and Simon Starling. Goonhilly Artist in Residence Paula Bolton shared her experience of making work at the site, with an intro to Goonhilly & cosmic rays (the inspiration for Mayes Creative’s latest project) by Dr Kat Hickey, Business Development & Training Manager for Goonhilly & Robert Wiltshire, astronomer and Software Cornwall tutor.
Thanks to our funders Arts Council England and Feast for helping to make this happen with support from Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd, CAST and Software Cornwall. Click here for more info
We have had a wonderful time working around Bodmin Moor, getting to know the wonderful astronomy heritage in the area and working with local communities. The Hurlers have been a highlight with our wonderful immersion weekend and adventurous dance and singing activities on the moor! For details of our Bodmin Moor activities, please click here.
We are planning to continue our exploration of astronomy heritage in Penwith and Isles of Scilly, who are also working towards a Dark Skies park bid…watch this space!
Brian Sheen from Roseland Observatory and Carolyn Kennett of South West Astronomy Heritage worked on their heritage research for the project; working out the best way to share what they know and continuing research into the life of John Couch Adams. John Couch Adams, Cornwall’s most important astronomer, co-discovered Neptune with Le Verrier in 1846.
We are also focusing on the Rev Haydon, who was head of Liskeard grammar school, and was part of the important longitude investigations in the 1700s.
Alongside these astronomy heroes, we are also enjoying learning more about The Hurlers stone circles at Minions, Bodmin Moor. These incredible circles are now investigated has having key relationships with both Orian’s Belt and the position of the sun at important times of the year (Equinox and Solstice).
Brian and Carolyn and working towards producing self-guided tour leaflets to help us all enjoy the astronomy heritage of Bodmin Moor and beyond.
Mayes Creative is working on an exciting new project series, inspired by the Penwith and Isles of Scilly Dark Skies bid. Our first phase, will look at the heritage of astronomy in Cornwall, working with Brian Sheen of the Roseland Observatory & Caroline Kennett of South West Astronomy Heritage and our team of artists.
Activities on Penwith & Isles of Scilly now complete
Reg Payn worked with Five Islands School in Summer 2018 with 5 days of puppetry fun for junior aged children resulting in a wonderful showing of all their work at the end of last term. Reg visited St Agnes and Tresco, alongside the main school at St Mary’s. Craig from Squashbox Theatre also made a flying visit to the school (well in fact the plane had engineering trouble so we took the ferry, but that’s another story…..!) and was very well received by the children and staff. Thanks to Reg, Craig and the school staff and children for making both events a great success. We are now planning to return in May with our exciting Lizard Beacons wireless communications project!