Yuri's Night Bay Area: updated science/tech/art lineup announced

Prepare for Liftoff!
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Get ready for something entirely different.

On April 13th the Bay Area joins the world in celebration of space exploration in a unique convergence of artists, scientists, astronauts, performers and musicians.

Yuri's Night is a commemoration of humankind’s first venture into space, by Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. This gathering bridges national, cultural, generational and social barriers to ignite excitement about what is new on the horizon in space exploration and to remind us of the magnificent feats humanity is capable of.

Yuri's Night Bay Area will be held at Moffett Field in the NASA Ames Research Center's massive SOFIA hangar, home to the world's largest aerial observatory. Our host for the evening is pioneering space traveler Anousheh Anasari, the first privately funded female to reach orbit. She is joined by Dr. Chris McKay, world renowned expert in astrobiology and terraformation with the Space Science Division of NASA Ames Research Center, as they welcome you to a dazzling array of interactive art installations and science demos, interwoven with musical and acrobatic performances by some of the world's finest entertainers.

Cutting-edge interactive technology and live demos will include:

  • Neuro feedback games and visualizations including Telekinetic Asteroids and Mind Ripples
  • Explorations of the world through NASA World Wind and Gigapan, the high-resolution panorama project
  • Portals into Second Life and Burning Man Earth, Google's Black Rock City browser
  • A roofless stargazing lounge, with an exceptional telescope provided by NASA
  • Squidlabs' Instructables and ground-breaking kite technology

Science demonstrations and innovations from the worlds of robotics, engineering, biology and astronomy, will also be on display:

  • A talk and interactive demos from a senior SETI scientist on efforts to detect earthquakes from space
  • Explorations of Techgnosis by Erik Davis
  • Interactive next-generation science data visualization software from NASA Ames' Astrophysics Division
  • Robots from Justin Gray, Carnegie Mellon University, and NASA, including the next generation of rovers
  • Exclusive heavenly imagery from Slooh
  • Displays of microbial fossils, live microbial mats, and magnetic and fluorescent bacteria
  • ASME's human-powered vehicles

Engage with space-inspired and technology-infused art installations, including:

  • StarZipper, the 200 foot high installation powered by LEDs and Helium created by internationally renowned artist Michael Light and collaborator Dave Rattray
  • Peter Foucault's self-propelled motion sensor Drawing Robots
  • Spot Draves' collaborative evolutionary high-definition visual algorithm generator, Electric Sheep
  • Dynamically inflating sculptures by AKAirways
  • HypKnowTron and ChakraTron, the interactive light sculptures by Gaspo

Experience rare video works documenting art in space:

  • Matières Chorégraphiques by Kitsou Dubois, celebrated French dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Ki Productions
  • Projects from the Zero Gravity Arts Consortium, Lowry Burgess's monumental project The Seed of the Infinite Absolute, Lorelei Lisowsky, and Frank Pietronigro's 'Drift Painting' in microgravity
  • Meet Japan's space artist Ayako Ono and watch Jean Luc Soret's Space Art videos, direct from Paris's International @rt Outsiders Festival.
  • The Documentary Dome, featuring our planet's greatest space documentaries

Witness awe-inspiring space-themed performances by an armada of acrobats and dancers, featuring:

  • KC Bella Fuega and Spiral Hoop Dance (orbital hooping and bellydance)
  • Flowtoys (celestial light performance and UFO flowplanes)
  • VigilAntiUP (intergalactic stilting)
  • A Parade from the Future (with cutting edge Bay Area circuit benders and other worldly creatures).

Live dance and acrobatics fused with audiovisual performances, will be coordinated with a world-class lineup of live electronic music:

PLAID - Warp Records, UK
TELEFON TEL AVIV - Hefty Records, Chicago (special early evening set)
BLUETECH - Aleph Zero, Native State, Portland
OOAH + BORETA - Glitch Mob, LA/SF
SUTEKH - Context, Soul Jazz, Leaf
MR. PROJECTILE & JONAH SHARP (aka SPACETIME CONTINUUM) - Merck, Reflective, Astralwerks
RD - Designed Disorder, Glitch Mob, LA
WELDER - Cyberset
MOZAIC - Nexus
DR. TOAST - False Profit

Music environs will be complimented by a team of visual artists -- including KOSHO, CELESTINESTAR, RECURSIVEVIDEOLAB and VIBERATION -- spinning light into space throughout the night.

Meanwhile, outside on the tarmac, the SPACE COWBOYS will have their own dynamic lineup of djs aboard their interstellar party transporter, the UNIMOG. Also on the tarmac will be Playaflies and Rabbit in the Moon's outside VJ set PLUS large scale sculpture and multimedia installations from the bay area's finest and beyond.

This year’s theme is the greenification of space. The event is bio-diesel powered, a variety of organic food and drink will be available, waste products will be composted and recycled, and one tree will be planted for every ticket sold in an effort to offset the event's carbon emissions.

Come join us in celebrating the accomplishments of mankind on a collective cosmic journey to the depths of space and beyond.

Brought to you by Nexus, Symbiosis and so many others.

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Friday, April 13th, 2007
Event opens at 6:30pm
NASA Ames Research Center* Moffett Field, Mountain View, CA, 94035

Tickets are on sale now. Limited $30 presale tickets still available, but not for long! Purchase advance tickets at: http://www.worldspaceparty.com/tickets.php

Limited VIP tickets available. Privileges include: VIP room overlooking the main floor, open bar and food throughout the evening, a chance to meet silicon valley innovators and dynamic thinkers, exclusive Bay Area Yuri's Night memorabilia and much more to be announced.

PLUS! Space Cadets are invited to go weightless and experience zero-gravity on Sunday, April 22, 2007! This unique VIP experience will provide you with a ZeroG flight flown from San Jose International Airport PLUS exclusive access to all Yuri's Night Bay Area 2007 events. 3-2-1 Liftoff! VIP Flight Tickets $5,000.00 each. Email zerogartists@mac.com to reserve your seat today. Don't let this zero gravity opportunity to fly float by!

As always, please check www.worldspaceparty.com for the latest…

Yuri's Night Bay Area Crew, Over and Out.

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Any special requirements for individuals with disabilities should be related to the event staff or security, and reasonable arrangements will promptly be made. An ADA/Handicap parking lot will be available and marked with signs.

References to NASA Ames shall not be construed as official NASA approval or endorsement of any non-Governmental or commercial entity or activity.