Digital Arts & Creative Technology

World Premiere // COSMOS 2017 // international art-science residency

COSMOS is a flagship international artists commission and residency for the iconic Lovell Telescope, commissioned by Jodrell Bank Observatory, Bluedot, Abandon Normal Devices and SHIFT (Cheshire East Council)

7 – 9 July 2017 // bluedot festival // 11pm – 3am
Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield, Cheshire (UK)

COSMOS is a new collaboration from Abandon Normal Devices (AND), The University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory and bluedot festival, launching this year. Scheduled to take place each summer, COSMOS invites an international artist to create a new audio-visual work developed for, and to be projected onto, the iconic Lovell Telescope. SHIFT is excited to co-commission this work for 2017.

The commission includes a residency at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, enabling artists to collaborate with scientists and researchers, experiment with data collected by the Lovell Telescope and others, and gain a new perspective on the observatory’s research. It offers artists and scientists a unique, new opportunity to connect and to visualise the knowledge gathered about deep space.

For 2017, AND are delighted to announce award winning Tokyo-based Media Artist, DJ and Programmer, Daito Manabe and Rhizomatiks Research as the first artists to be selected for COSMOS. Manabe’s work will premiere during bluedot festival in July 2017.

As part of this exciting  co-commission, SHIFT will be announcing public talks with the commissioned artist Daito Manabe and the director of AND, Gabrielle Jenks.

The iconic structure of the Lovell Telescope presents a unique and unparalleled canvas for artists to create new work. During the festival the telescope will be receiving radio signals from deep space whilst pointed at the zenith, directly overhead. Manabe’s artwork will be projected directly onto the structure of the telescope using advanced projection mapping employing point cloud data gathered by LiDAR* scans completed by Arup.

Audiences will experience a visualisation and soundscape of live astrophysics data collected from the telescope’s line of sight.


COSMOS is a flagship international artists commission and residency for Lovell Telescope. Produced by Abandon Normal Devices, commissioned by Jodrell Bank Observatory, bluedot, SHIFT and Abandon Normal Devices. Supported by the University of Manchester, Rhizomatiks Research, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, and with public funds from Arts Council England.  LiDAR* scans of the Lovell Telescope used in the production of COSMOS are provided by Arup. 

*(Light Imaging, Detection, And Ranging)

Image: Young stars in the open star cluster, Credit: ESO / Creative Commons