Crit­i­cal Media presents Sput­nik, a cel­e­bra­tion of space flight in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cana­di­an Space Soci­ety, held at the Toron­to Aero­space Muse­um.

On Octo­ber 4, 2007 we mark the 50th anniver­sary of the begin­ning of the age of space com­pe­ti­tion and explo­ration, dis­cov­ery, adven­ture, tragedy and exhil­a­ra­tion. On this day, five decades ago — Octo­ber 4, 1957- the first man-made satel­lite was launched into space, the first man-made object ever to orbit the Earth, cap­ti­vat­ing the public’s imag­i­na­tion world­wide. No larg­er than a water­mel­on and weigh­ing only 183 pounds, its “beep beep beep” sig­nal from space was heard with bait­ed breath as it trav­eled on its ellip­ti­cal path. “Now, some­how, in some new way, the sky seemed almost alien,” wrote Lyn­don B. John­son. The launch of Sput­nik ush­ered in a new era: the Space Age.

 SPUTNIK: Art, film, dis­cus­sion and more
6:30PM, Octo­ber 4, 2007
Toron­to Aero­space Museum,
Downsview Park
65 Carl Hall Road,
Toron­to, Ontario, M3K 2E1,
phone 416 638 6078

For a map of how to get there, check the Toron­to Aero­space Muse­um, or see below for direc­tions. [Note: The Toron­to Aero­space Muse­um is now per­ma­nent­ly closed.]

ADMISSION FREE – Dona­tions accepted.


6:15–7.15: Recep­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion of new media artist Slavica
Ceperkovic’s piece con­sist­ing of a con­tin­u­ous loop projection

7:15–8:00: Pre­sen­ta­tion on space era in USSR/Russia (Dr. Zeli­na Iskan­dero­va, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto)

8:00–8:25: Pre­sen­ta­tion: “Space Sci­ence and Sci­ence Fic­tion (Nina Czegledy, KMDI, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to; Con­cor­dia University)

8:25–8:30: Screen­ing: “My first rock­et” (Amir Gavriely & Joel Robson)

8:30-: 9.30: Screen­ing: “The High Ground” (Michael Lennick, Fool­ish Earth­ling Productions)

9.30 ‑9:35: Stream­ing of “Sput­tnikk Oppera” live per­for­mance from Ljubl­jana (Igor Stro­ma­jer & Brane Zorman)

9:35–10:00: Discussion/Q&A with Michael Lennick

10:00–10:30: Screen­ing: “Des­ti­na­tion: Mars” ” (Michael Lennick, Fool­ish Earth­ling Productions)



By Tran­sit: Free shut­tle car ser­vice will be pro­vid­ed between Downsview TTC sta­tion and the Aero­space Muse­um between 6.15 ‑7.15 pm

By Car: From the 401 East or West, exit at Keele Street North. Turn right on Shep­pard Ave, and fol­low Shep­pard to the entrance to Downsview Park. Turn right into the park (onto John Drury Road) until you reach Carl Hall Road. Turn left at Carl Hall and con­tin­ue east over the rail­way tracks to the Muse­um, which is on your right-hand side.

By Taxi: Taxi fare from the Downsview TTC Sta­tion is approx­i­mate­ly $10.00.


Sput­nik Day 2007 was pro­duced in col­lab­o­ra­tion by Nina Czegledy, Lori Tures­ki, Amir Gavriely, Joel Rob­son, and Slav­i­ca Ceperkovic, and Crit­i­cal Media part­ners Greg Judel­man and Daniel Bar­ber. Spe­cial thanks to Kevin Shortt, Paul Cabot and theToron­to Aero­space Muse­um and the Cana­di­an Space Soci­ety. We are grate­ful for the gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion by Michael Lennick and Fool­ish Earth­ling Pro­duc­tions. Thanks also to Mag­da Wesalkovska.

For more infor­maiton, please con­tact Lori Tures­ki at ltureski<at>gmail.com or Nina Czegledy at czegledy<at>interlog.com

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