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Infra-tazebAu s'pace 2011 ▪ Paolo Monti

| VIII 2011

On the 17th August 2011 the Russian-Ukraine space-craft DNEPR launched the micro-satellite EduSat into orbit from the Space Centre at Yasny with on board the opera
Infra-TazebAu s'pace 2011. Information in revolution. C.G.B. epistemologically propelled satellite. Lift-off Shroud R.F.I.D. 21’37” by the Italian artist Paolo Monti.

The aim of the EduSat programme, financed and coordinated by the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (A.S.I.), is to divulge scientific education in the field of spatial studies among students attending Senior High School and to support research and specialisation for university students, PhD doctorates and young researchers. It consists in a short mission into space in order to carry out scientific experiments and test new technologies while in outer-space, all achieved with a low cost philosophy.

The micro-satellite, constructed by students of the Group of Astrodynamics of the “Sapienza” University of Rome (GAUSS), has a prism-like structure with a square base of 315mm x 315mm x 260mm, weighing approximately 10kgs and will be sent into a polar heliosincronic orbit at an altitude of 700km. | EduSat has been successfully Launched !!! + video
EduSat Photo Gallery | "Students in orbit"

Paolo Monti ▪ Infra-tazebAu s'pace 2011

TazebAu s'pace, a meta-environmental opera of scientific-artistic and humanitarian nature in line with the EduSat programme, developed from a project in cooperation with GAUSS, founded by Prof. Filippo Graziani and coordinated by the aerospace engineer Chantal Cappelletti, researcher at the Space Science Center at the Morehead State University in Kentucky (USA), and Paolo Monti who, for years, has been undertaking a singular research poised at the very limit between Art, Science and Architecture, where the scope of Gregory Bateson’s systemic prospective is referenced in the plurality of the languages used.

Since 1996, together with Prof. Luigi Campanella, head of the Multi-polar Museum of Scientific & Technological Information (M.U.S.I.S.), Monti activated an interdisciplinary dialogue between Art and Science, cooperating with research institutes such as CNR and ENEA, which are often linked to numerous Contemporary Art Exhibitions and editions of the Italian & European Week of Scientific Culture.

Cooperation with G.A.U.S.S. took off in 2007 with a workshop held at the Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale (S.I.A.) of the Unversità di Roma ‘La Sapienza’, chaired by Prof. Filippo Graziani, today Senior Sapienza Professor and member of the Accademia Internazionale di Astronautica, This witnessed another module being added to the opera TazebAu which, in 2005, travelled along the Venice-Beijing route on board the Marco Polo Motoraid in addition to Paolo Nespoli, the man who caused arms to sprout, who joined forces in 2006. TazebAu s'pace STS 120 Esperia Harmony, realized with the contribution of the astronaut who, at ESRIN-Frascati, placed his signature followed by STS 120 with the clear desire to associate himself with the Shuttle mission in which he was involved. | news

Conceived as a travel-diary, TazebAu consists of dollar bills that have been scraped bare - divested to a white blank - onto which signatures are to be written as an act of reconversion of a nominal value into a relational value.
So also the space opera, dedicated by Monti to Lucio Fontana founder of the Movimento Spazialista and initiator of the Manifesto Bianco in 1946, brings into play a blank whitened dollar which, before embarking the satellite EduSAT on June 15th, 2011 at the GAUSS laboratory, was signed by the entire group captained by Prof. Graziani. Once in orbit, the signal from EduSAT to the earth station will consent the exact location of TazebAu s’pace for the whole length of the mission.

The satellite is equipped with UHF and VHF band transceiver sets and an S-band transmitter, which allows the satellite to be operated from Earth through the ground station SPIV (San Pietro in Vincoli) which is run by GAUSS. | Passaggio del satellite UNISAT 3 su Roma

The principal payload was suggested by the high school students involved in the project and realised by IMT srl (Ingegneria Marketing &Technolgia). It is a solar sensor that will help the students understand the satellite’s set-up. The satellite also houses other experiments carried out by the students at the GAUSS, in collaboration with a variety of universities, research centres and industries. In order to avoid the satellite becoming spatial debris in accordance with IADC (Inter-Agency Debris Committee) rules, the students at GAUSS have designed and implemented a de-orbiting system for the satellite which will be tried out in flight. EduSAT in orbita | Il progetto EduSAT |
In orbita a 700km "EduSat" il satellite made in Sapienza

The first exposition of TazebAu s’pace was held at the Museo di Chimica della Sapienza, in collaboration with MUSIS, MIUR and the School of Aerospace Engineering during the Italian Scientific Week of Culture in 2008 where the triptych video, TazebAu space 2008. Information in revolution. C.G.B. an epistemologically propelled satellite, with music by Alvin Curran (Music is not Music – 7’37”) was presented.
METATRONZONE | Video Triptych TazebAu 2008

On the 28th November 2011, as part of the European Scientific Week of Culture, in collaboration with GUASS, MUSIS and the Bateson Circle of Rome which is dedicated to the epistemologist Gregory Bateson, Paolo Monti has organised an in-depth exhibition-convention on the themes of the mission.

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For more information please contact:
Laura Rossi, O.A.S.I. Observatory Arts Science Innovation,
tel: +39 06 90286151 / +39 06 9641840 / mobile: +39 338 8107315

The Gauss Team together with Kosmotras and Yuzhnoye staff on August 7th when Edu-Sat and the opera Infra-TazebAu s'pace 2011 was finally integrated on the DNEPR LV rocket.

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