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.
30PM, October 4, 2007
Toronto Aerospace Museum,
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