Opening: Farewell Brave Voyager

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Featuring New Work by Julia Oldham

Exhibition Dates: April 2 to May 23, 2015

Farewell Brave Voyager is an installation of video, animation, music and drawing that memorialize two doomed space explorers, one fictional and one historical. In the titular video Farewell Brave Voyager, Oldham and her physicist father launch a robot named InfiniG into a distant black hole to research the effect of infinite gravity. InfiniG sends data to Earth as it passes through the event horizon and is ripped apart by tidal forces.

In the animated piece Laika’s Lullaby, Oldham works with musician Lindsay Keast to tell the tragic story of the Soviet space dog Laika, who in 1957 became one of the first animals to be launched into space, her small form orbiting the earth for only a few hours before her death. The video chronicles the events of her one way flight.

Physical drawings of Laika that Oldham created during the animation process are also on view, floating in stark black dioramas as reminders of Laika’s terrible solitude during the last day of her life. Together, the works in the exhibition put forward a bittersweet requiem for these non-human martyrs of the space age.

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By: Portland 'Pataphysical Society

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