Oct 29, 2016 - Feb 27, 2017
VIDEO: What is the Orbit Pavilion?
Satellites that study the Earth are passing through space continuously, collecting data on everything from hurricanes to the effects of drought. What if you could make contact with these orbiting spacecraft, and bring them “down to Earth?” Visitors can do exactly that when NASA’s Orbit Pavilion sound experience touches down at The Huntington this fall. The outdoor installation is the brainchild of Dan Goods and David Delgado, visual strategists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who worked in collaboration with composer Shane Myrbeck and architect Jason Klimoski of StudioKCA to produce an innovative “soundscape” experience representing the movement of the International Space Station and 19 Earth Science satellites.” Inside the large, shell-shaped sculpture, distinctive sounds are emitted as each satellite passes overhead: a human voice, the crashing of a wave, a tree branch moving, a frog croaking. Each sound interprets one of the satellites’ missions.
Orbit Pavilion pictured from above at the May 2015 World Science Festival at New York University. Photo courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
The exhibition inaugurates a new initiative at The Huntington focused on creative collaborations with other organizations. The new project, called “Five,” pairs The Huntington with five different organizations over five years, bringing in a range of contemporary artists who will respond to themes drawn from some aspect of the collections. The Library’s aerospace history holdings made this first collaboration with NASA/JPL a perfect way to launch the new initiative.
Exterior view of Orbit Pavilion at the May 2015 World Science Festival at New York University. Photo courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
Interior view of Orbit Pavilion at the May 2015 World Science Festival at New York University. Photo courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
Construction of Orbit Pavilion for the May 2015 World Science Festival at New York University. Photo courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
Panel Discussion: Aerospace in Southern California
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
The history of the aerospace industry in Southern California and its intersections with contemporary culture will be the focus of a panel discussion, presented in conjunction with the exhibition of NASA’s Orbit Pavilion. Tickets>
This event was recorded and is available for streaming and download on the Huntington Channel.
Diavolo Dance: Fluid Infinities
Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
The acclaimed dance company Diavolo brings its performance of Fluid Infinities to The Huntington. Set on an abstract dome structure to the music of Phillip Glass, the work explores metaphors of infinite space, continuous movement, and mankind’s voyage into the unknown. Tickets>
The Five initiative and the presentation of Orbit Pavilion at The Huntington are made possible by a generous gift from The Cheng Family Foundation. Additional funding for Orbit Pavilion was provided by Kim and Ginger Caldwell and the Judi and Bry Danner Fund for Presidential Initiatives.