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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Otto Piene, German (Laasphe, Westphalia, Germany 1928 - 2014 Berlin, Germany)
Inserted Sky Art Conference 2002 information (3 sheets)
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Sketchbook: Travels/Tokyo/Osaka/Normandy/Sandhills/Prague/Groton
Archival Material
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Printed ink on paper and staple
27.9 × 21.6 cm (11 × 8 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: printed ink on "The Sky Art Conference" letterhead, page 1: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / October 9, 2002 // Contact: Elizabeth Goldring / until October 13 at MIT: / +617-253-4517 / October 14 -- 16 in Delphi: / +30 2650 82731 / October 17 -- 19 on Ikaria: / +30 2750 71381 // SKY ART CONFERENCE 2002 / to be held October 15 -- 19 in Delphi and Ikaria, Greece // Artists, Scientists and Inventors Convene to Discuss History, Theory and Projections for Art in Sky and Space // "Why is there no art in space, why do we have no exhibitions in the sky? ... Until now we / have left it to war to light up the sky..." / Otto Piene, "Ways to Paradise," in Otto Piene and Heinz Mack, eds. / Zero (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1973); original publication: ZERO 3 (Dusseldorf, 1961) // The SKY ART Conference 2002 will be held October 15 -- 19 in Delphi, Greece, and on the / Greek island of Ikaria. The conference is being organized by the Center for Advanced Visual / Studies at MIT (CAVS/MIT), Professor Steve Benton, Director, in collaboration with the / Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Evangelos Venizelos, Minister of Culture, the Foundation for / Hellenic Culture, and the European Cultural Center of Delphi, Professor Vassilis Karasmanis, / Director. Renowned artist Vassilakis Takis will be the Honorary Chairman of the Conference. / The SKY ART Conference 2002 is chaired by Professor Otto Piene, Director Emeritus of / CAVS/MIT, and co-chaired by Elizabeth Goldring, Senior Fellow at CAVS/MIT. Laura Knott, / Research Affiliate at CAVS/MIT, is the Project Coordinator of the Conference.
  • inscription: printed ink on "The Sky Art Conference" letterhead, page 2: At the SKY ART Conference 2002, thinkers and practitioners from around the globe will present / work and share knowledge and ideas which express and define the atmosphere and the cosmos -- / sky and space -- human aspirations relative to sky and space. Presenters at the SKY ART / Conference 2002 are well-known sky and space artists and scientists who have made important / contributions to the field. A two-day program of presentations at the European Cultural Center / of Delphi will be followed by workshops and events given by participants on Ikaria. // Presenters at the SKY ART Conference 2002 include: -Yash Pal, National Research Professor of India and Former Secretary-General of / UNISPACE, the Second United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of / Outer Space / -Tom Van Sant, Sky Artist, Founder and Director, The GeoSphere Project / -Douglas Davis, Artist, Theorist, Writer, Director, / -Professor Walter Lewin, Astrophysicist, Center for Space Research, MIT / -Tom Clancy, Vice President, Aurora Flight Technologies, formerly, The MIT Daedalus / Project / -Marta de Menezes, Artist in Residence, Clinical Sciences Centre, Imperial College for / Science, Technology and Medicine / -Stelarc, Artist, Inventor, Prinicpal Research Fellow, Performance Arts Digital Research Unit / The Nottingham Trent University / -Professor Dieter Jong, Holography and MutliMedia, KHM, Academy of Media Art, Cologne / -Harriet Casdin Sliver, Artist/Holographer, Rockefeller Fellow, CAVS/MIT / -Lowry Burgess, Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University / Joe Davis, Research Affiliate, MIT Department of Biology // Support for the SKY ART Conference 2002 has been provided by the Hellenic Ministyr of / Culture and The School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. Other sponsors include the / Council for Arts at MIT and Carnegie Mellon University. CAVS/MIT is an institute of the / MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Professor William J. Mitchell, Dean. // Background on Previous SKY ART Conferences / 1981: Held at MIT. Participating scientists and engineers included Harold Edgerton, Eugene Larrabee, Paul MacCready and Phillip Morrison to name a few; among participating artists were
  • inscription: printed ink on "The Sky Art Conference" letterhead, page 3: Harriet Casdin-Silver, Rockne Krebs, Charlotte Moorman and Tom Van Sant. Honorary / Chairman: Harold Edgerton. / 1982: Held in Linz, Austria, and hosted by Ars Electronica. Yash Pal, then Secretary-General of / UNISPACE, the Second United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of / Outer Space, served as Honorary Chairmen of the conference. This gathering featured the / German-language premiere of the sky opera Icarus by Paul Earls, Otto Piene and Ian Strasfogel; / Sky Kiss by Charlotte Moorman and Otto Piene; and International Alarm, an environmental / audio work by Elizabeth Goldring with Edward LePoulin. / 1983: Hosted by the city of Munich and BMW, the SKY ART Conference brough the sky opera / Icarus outdoors and used floating laser projections and Piene's flying and inflated sculptures as / props. Japanese sky art was represented by a number of participants including the founder of the / Kite Museum of Tokyo, sculptor Tsutomu Hiroi, who exhibited and flew miniature kites. The / exhibtion at the BMW Museum included Christo's drawings for Surrounded Islands, Heinz / Mack's reflective programmed light sculptures, work by Tal Streeter and Charles Ross' Solar / Burns. The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft was represented by a large group of scientists including / Reimar Luest, the President of Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and President Elect of the European / Space Agency - serving as Honorary Chairman of the Conference..[sic] / 1986: Desert Sun/Desert Moon in Lone Pine, CA, was the inaugural event for the SKY ART / Conference with events reaching from Cambridge, MA, to California and Alaska and as far away / as Brazil and Paris. The actual fourth SKY ART Conference gathering took place at CAVS/MIT / from September 29 to October 3, 1986. The popularity of the conference as a forum for idea / exchange and inspiration was evident in the attendance of approximately 150 sky artists from / near and far. The shared enthusiasm of the attendant participants resulted in the Sky and Space / Artists' Manifesto, which was presented at the UN Conference on the Peaceful Use of Sky and / Space in Paris. Honorary Chairman of the 1986 Conference: Raymond Daudel, President of the / European Academy for Arts, Science and Humanities, Paris. // #####


Recorded Ownership History
Elizabeth Goldring Piene, gift; to the Busch-Reisinger Museum, 2018.

Acquisition and Rights

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Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Elizabeth Goldring Piene
© Otto Piene Estate
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Modern and Contemporary Art

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