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UCR ARTSblock pr esents Free Enterprise: The Art of C itizen Space Exploration is the first contemporary art exhibi tion in the U.S. to present an international array of artists and organizat ions who are exploring the potential democratization of space exploration a nd the intersection between artistic production and civilian space travel. The possibility of fulfilling the human dream to fly into space has been en couraged by a major political and cultural shift away from statesponsored s pace activities—which are controlled by agencies such as NASA in the USA\, JAXA in Japan and RKA in Russia —towards a private enterprise model. Free Enterprise is o rganized by UCR ARTSblock and curated by Tyler Stallings and Marko Peljhan.

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Free Enterprise has been in the plan ning stages since fall 2009. “Its presentation in 2013 arrives at a time wh en several private enterprise ventures have come to fruition\,” says co-cur ator Tyler Stallings. They include the successful launch in May 2012 of the Falcon 9 vehicle and the Dragon space capsule by Space X\, a company based in Hawthorne\, California\, which rendezvoused with the International Spac e Station\; the soon-to-be-completed spaceport in New Mexico that will be t he launch site for Virgin Galactic’s space tourism program\, and the burgeo ning efforts of XCOR Aerospace\, a Mojave based company represented in Free Enterprise. These developments are a clear sign that we are at a dawn of a new radical change in near-earth space exploration. Engaging artists direc tly in this discussion at an early stage is extremely important: it is the technology and capital that allow for exploration\, but it is the imaginati on and the spiritual capital that create a new state of mind and allow for a broader awareness of humanity on Earth and beyond.

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Free Enterprise is comprised of twenty-five artists\, colle ctives\, organizations\, and initiatives\, which includes several commissio ns for the exhibition and additions to the permanent collections at UCR ART Sblock. A variety of media will be represented: drawing\, photography\, vid eo\, sculpture\, painting\, and artifacts by: The Arts Catalyst (London\, U .K.)\, Lowry Burgess (Pittsburgh\, PA)\, Center for Land Use Interpretation (Culver City\, CA)\, Richard Clar (Paris/Los Angeles)\, Skeith De Wine (Sa nta Ana\, CA)\, Kitsou Dubois (Paris)\, eteam (New York)\, European Space A gency Topical Team Arts and Science (international participants)\, Final Fr ontier Design (New York)\, Cultural Center of European Space Technologies / KSEVT (Vitanje\, Slovenia)\, Agnes Meyer-Brandis (Berlin)\, MIR - Microgra vity Interdisciplinary Research (international participants)\, Forrest Myer s (New York)\, Trieste Constructivist Cabinet (Italy/Slovenia)\, Nejc Trošt (Slovenia/Houston\, TX)\, Trevor Paglen (New York)\, Carrie Paterson (Los Angeles)\, Frank Pietronigro (San Francisco)\, Bradley Pitts (New York)\, C osmokinetial Kabinet Noordung – Postgravityart (Ljubljana\, Slovenia)\, Pro jekt Atol Flight Operations (Santa Barbara\, CA and Ljubljana\, Slovenia)\, Connie Samaras (Los Angeles)\, Christian Waldvogel (Zurich\, Switzerland)\ , Arthur Woods (Zurich\, Switzerland)\, and XCOR Aerospace\, Inc. (Mojave\, CA).

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California Museum of Photography 2nd and 3rd floors\, through April 20
• Center for Land Use Interpretat ion
• Kitsou Dubois\,
• Agnes Meyer-Brandis
• Trevor Pagl en
• Cosmokinetial Kabinet Noordung – Postgravityart
• Connie S amaras
• Christian Waldvogel
• Arthur Woods

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Cal ifornia Museum of Photography 1st floor\, through May 18
• Skeith De Wine
• eteam
• Final Frontier Design
• Forrest Myers
• Carrie Paterson
• Frank Pietronigro
• Trieste Constructivist Cabinet

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