Starlight: speakers and facilitatorsadmin2021-05-25T12:11:54+00:00
Dr Joanna MayesCreative Director
Joanna is a film artist who explores the experience of being in a location at a particular time through the medium of film. Bringing her experience of musical improvisation into her practice, Joanna opens her work up to chance through hand processing and the use of organic materials, to create short film-poems that reverberate between abstraction and control. She represents place through a layering of approaches to materiality: analogue film responds to the light in that place and time, physical outcomes are often charged with atmosphere from the site through use of materials of the locality, such as seawater for processing and wild berries for tinting the film. Joanna is also the founder and Creative Director of Mayes Creative.
Carolyn Kennett is a historian of astronomy and archaeoastronomer. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society she recently published research on the astronomical investigations at The Hurlers triple stone circles. She is an editor and contributor on the forthcoming Neptune: From Grand Discovery to a World Revealed: Essays on the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of John Couch Adams. Actively researching ancient sites in her local area of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, she regularly gives talks on the subject to both local and national groups. You will often find her out walking the moors of Penwith considering how ancient communities connected to the night sky.
Melanie King is a visual artist and practice-based researcher at the Royal College of Art. She is interested in the relationship between starlight, photography and materiality. Her PhD practice-based research “Ancient Light” considers how light travels thousands, if not millions of years, before reaching photosensitive film or a digital sensor.The purpose of her research is to demonstrate the intimate connection between celestial objects (sun, moon, stars), photographic material and the natural world. Melanie is currently researching sustainable photographic processes, to minimise the environmental impact of her artistic practice.
Lucinda Offer(RAS Education and Outreach Officer) – Starlight, Star Life
Lucinda Offer is the Education, Outreach and Bicentenary Events Officer for the Royal Astronomical Society. Lucinda has a varied background in Geology, Design and Science Communication. She combines her skills to teach the physical sciences: Physics, Earth, Space and Astronomy concepts using visual communication, inquiry based-learning and most importantly discrepant events. Currentlyworking with young professionals in engineering, astrophysics and geophysics to bring science education, communication and outreach for human space exploration, both remotely and directly, to create future generations of space science explorers. Lucinda has always had an affinity for Mars and since 2002 has been directly involved and active with Humans to Mars advocacy and analog research, and publishing Mars-oriented educational materials.
Justin Wiggan is an artist working at the frontiers of arts and public intervention. His practice includes a range of media from sound, phonics, film, drawing, installation, interventions and performance, and has also attracted collaboration across the medical research and creative industries sectors.
His works have been exhibited nationally and internationally: B.O. M Birmingham, Protein Gallery London, Baltic Gallery, Citric Gallery Italy, Gigantic Art Space New York. His aim is to educate, share and engage people with sound as a creative field and reconnect with their lives using sound art.
He also extends his artistic practice into collaborative research in galleries, youth homes, and public access spaces with community groups and leading workshops within areas of vulnerable elements of society, palliative care, mental health and education.
Justin also runs Glass Twin LTD , a company who uses sound as a tool to promote mental wellbeing through technology, reflection, nostalgia and memory. Glass Twin LTD is a sound and health focused company which aims to improve community resilience and individual wellbeing though a simple, accessible process that reconnects us with the world of sound.
Simon “Ash” Ashbery began his career as an artist and animator, working in the games industry with studios such as Bossa, Bithell Games and Turbulenz. He later retrained as a software engineer, working at the Victoria and Albert museum where he became fascinated by the intersection between art andtechnology. Since then he has been exploring new ways to tell stories and seeking out any challenge that affords new opportunities to learn.
Dr Sian Prosser
Sian manages the library and archives of the Royal Astronomical Society, making them accessible to researchers and working with colleagues to use them in outreach and education activities. With a background in languages and a PhD in French medieval manuscripts, she became drawn to working with memory institutions, and since joining the Royal Astronomical Society in 2014 has completed the Certificate in Astronomy at UCL to better understand and interpret the RAS collections, and the people that created them.
Lisa Pettibone is a UK based visual artist, teacher and curator. She has an MA in Art and Science from Central Saint Martins London 2018 and a BA in 3D Design in Glass from UCA Farnham 2005. With an interest in astronomy and physics, her practice investigates how the cosmos is put together in terms of energy, forces and form as filtered through human perception. She creates sculpture, installation and print to explore areas where humans and nature intersect through the lens of science. Using a variety of materials, including glass, she records spontaneous phenomena, such as the pull of gravity, evoking sensory experiences that aim to connect people to their environment. Processes often incorporate periods of research into scientific concepts, collaboration or site-specific work.
Cheryl Straffon is Cornish, and, after graduating from London & Cambridge universities with degrees in English and Comparative Religious Studies, lived and worked for a while in Scotland and England before returning to Cornwall 30 years ago. She is the author of a number of books on prehistoric Cornwall and on the Goddess. These include Pagan Cornwall: land of the Goddess; Fentynyow Kernow (holy wells); Megalithic Mysteries of Cornwall; The Earth Goddess; and Daughters of the Earth. She is also editor of the long-running pagan-orientated earth mysteries magazine Meyn Mamvro, and founder and editor of the magazine Goddess Alive! She chairs the Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network environmental group, and is Project Manager for LAN (Lizard Ancient Sites Network). Although now “retired”, she actively continues to research archaeology, mythology, folklore and legend from her home in West Penwith that she shares with her lifelong partner.