101% Funded


Target: €4500


€4,560 Raised


87 Funders


By Joanna Crawley


Let’s look at Space through a different lens: The lens of personal stories of everyday dreamers and us – who soon might be confronted with a necessity to leave the planet.

The Earth has served its purpose, it's time to find another place to exploit.
200 thousands volunteers from all over the world who applied for 'Mars-One' mission are already training to become the first colony on Mars in 2015. The scientists are running the final tests of technology designed to send them. Ready or not, this is happening.

Scientist and performer, Dr. Niamh Shaw, has been preparing herself for space travel from the age of eight.
Her diaries of her childhood in Dundalk give colourful accounts of her trials to imitate the regime of an astronaut. This year she decided to fulfil her goal.

She spent months interviewing astronauts, astrophysicists, space industries and potential future colonists of Mars. Now, in a multimedia immersive performance that buzzes with new technologies, she explores the beauty, darkness and humanity of Space.
What is our attraction to Space? What are we chasing - or escaping from?

Director Ronan Phelan, who recently enchanted the public with Stephen Sondheim’s provocative, darkly comic musical, 'The Assassins' (Rough Magic, SEED’s showcase), and 'Lambo' – grotesque story on late Gerry Ryan’s and first Irish reality broadcasting, says:
“To SPACE is not only about the dream, but also about the costs of pursuing it”.

'To SPACE' involves highly engaging visual and sound effects – work of Niamh Shaw, Conor Lonergan (who created an amazing horror survival game,'Labyrinth', for last year’s Dublin Fringe Festival) and Michael McNamara. It introduces the audience to the realistic possibility of human colonization of Mars and to Ireland’s involvement in Space Exploration.

Created in association with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork, Science Foundation Ireland, and ESERO Ireland, it’s an informal, cross-curricular lecture/performance theatre piece to form a personal documented journey of deep passion for Space whilst also demonstrating the enormity of the human effort for space travel.

With your help we can not only complete and perfect this multimedia, entertaining and interrogative show but also present it at science festivals all over the world. We’ll be able to build software that translates astrophysical data into sound and image and create a visual environment that will play with your senses and transport you into the furthest corners of Space.

Thanks to you we’ll get on board the most talented experts, specializing in 3D projections, sound sonic installations and animation and supply them with the right equipment.
Your support will also give us a chance to better promote the show and reach larger audience, broadening the understanding of Space exploration and politics behind it.
This is a crucial moment for our project. We've gathered loads of exclusive visual material, now we struggle to get and create the best devices that will bring it to you.
Support us!

'To SPACE' will premiere this September in the Dublin Science Gallery.



To SPACE at Tiger Dublin Fringe!

Tiger Dublin Fringe announced it’s programme yesterday with a mighty roar and we are happy to announce that To SPACE is a part of it! Thank you for letting that happen! The show will be running for the entire first week of the festival. Find the date that suit you best and book your tickets before they sell out: Preview: Sept. 8th, 7.00pm Opening, Sept. 9th, 7.00pm Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 10th-12th, 7.00pm Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 13th-14th, 4.30pm http://www.fringefest.com/programme/to-space

Niamh Shaw's mission is a cover story of today's Silicon Republic

"What kind of person wants to go to space? It's a question that has been weighing on the mind of Dr Niamh Shaw, because she is one of them. She has long harboured dreams of being an astronaut, and now the scientist-turned-performer is developing a multimedia theatrical piece due out later this year in Dublin's Science Gallery. Aptly called To Space, it explores how and why one might do such a thing." - writes Claire O'Connell for the Silicon Republic. Read the entire article: http://www.siliconrepublic.com/innovation/item/37667-wit2014/

To SPACE lottery! Every To SPACE funder has a chance to win a little masterpiece by Clare Henderson.

Clare Henderson is a visual artist who makes prints, paintings and drawings as part of her practice. And now some of these pieces will be available to you as a reward for funding our project! http://www.graphicstudiodublin.com/gsd/artists/henderson_clare/ We are so delighted that she has joined our team, that we would like to celebrate it with a special deal for our supporters. Everybody who has or will fund our project even with the smallest fund will be a part or out To SPACE lottery! 10 lucky winners will be rewarded with a 12 x 16 inch, high quality, signed digital print of an image by Clare Henderson, used in To SPACE. And for the first 5 funders who will support us with more than €150 on the weekend July 18th-20th we will have a guaranteed signed, original piece of art by Clare Henderson used as part of To SPACE.

Dr. Niamh Shaw at the Festival of Curiosity*

Festival of Curiosity* is coming to town with new questions, riddles and forecasts for the future. Find out what Dr Niamh Shaw has prepared for this year. To SPACE - a Work in Progress http://festivalofcuriosity.ie/index.php/preview/tospace-2014-a-work-in-progress-by-dr-niamh-shaw/#.U8UeLl6nEpE Join Dr. Niamh Shaw, Blackrock Castle Observatory Artist in Residence in conversation, as she talks about her progress in getting to Space, what she’s learned and the people she’s met along the way. What does it take to get to Space? What makes an Astronaut? What are ESA, ISS, Ariane, Rosetta, Galileo? The projects, the spacecraft, the missions? This show combines miscellanies on astronaut training, the interviews, Niamh's diaries plus a sneak preview of To SPACE a theatrical presentation of her experiences which will premiere in September at Science Gallery, Dublin. Created in association with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork & ESERO Ireland with the support of Science Foundation Ireland 2014 Discover Programme. Meet Dr Eunice Daly - a Roving Reporter for Festival of Curiosity* This year’s festival has a special reporter Dr Eunice Daly, water chemist living in the Blackrock Castle. She will be around throughout the festival for chats and photos, so keep your eyes peeled. http://festivalofcuriosity.ie/index.php/preview/out-about-with-dr-eunice-daly/#.U8Ud_V6nEpE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZKYq07G1vI

Advice from Niamh's personal trainer

"You're not cheating, you're doing it. I'm very impressed" Isn't it nice to hear a word of comfort on a Monday morning? But how to find motivation to achieve all those things that give us satisfaction? Listen to Deirdre, a fitness trainer, as she reports enthusiastically on Niamh Shaw's astronaut training and gives her precious advices for the future. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKRoY0klTds&feature=youtu.be

Visual artist Clare Henderson joins To SPACE team!

We are very happy to welcome Clare Henderson on board. In what surprising way will she transform cold, sterile space of the Science Gallery? Clare Henderson was born in Dublin in 1981. She began her art training in Ballyfermot Senior College and went on to study Fine Art Print in the National College of Art and Design. On graduating in 2005 she began printing in Graphic Studio Dublin, having received the Graphic Studio Dublin Graduate Award (2005). There, with the help of studio staff and members, she has furthered her printing practice to create a body of work based around ideas relating to the human condition. She enjoyed her first solo exhibition in Monstertruck Gallery in 2006 and since then has exhibited in the Talbot Gallery, Graphic Studio Gallery and most recently the National Gallery of Ireland.

 Past Exhibitions:
 2010 Gold
 Graphic Studio Gallery 2009 Graduate Award Exhibition
 Graphic Studio Gallery 2009 Wystawa poplenerowa - 'Na granicy' | Where Borders Meet - The Response, Gallery Sztuki MOK, Debica, Poland 2008 Little Christmas Graphic Studio Gallery 2008 'Na granicy' | Where Borders Meet, Muzeum "Dwory Karwacjanow i Gladyszow", Gorlice, Poland
 2008 Revelation, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Niamh Shaw undertakes an astronaut's training

Calories Burned: 2086 Steps Taken 9304 Active Time: 5hrs 43min Hours Sleep: 5hrs 25min It's on! Dr. Niamh Shaw takes the first big step towards fulfilling her dream of going to Space and undertakes a rigorous training that prepares astronauts for their missions. The training is geared to the special conditions and environments astronauts will be confronted with during launch, in space, and during landing. You can follow her ups and downs on our website and sent her words of encouragement. Go Niamh! http://www.tospace2014.com/#!blog/c1jau

MarsOne Mission

Over 200 thousand civilians from all over the world applied for “Mars-One” mission, to be the first 4 astronauts to colonise Mars in 2025. 705 are still in the running (3 of them Irish) & are already training to ultimately qualify for a pre-selection panel of 40, from which the final 4 Mars colonists will emerge. A massive technological achievement, costing billions of Euro to get them there. And keep them alive. Dr. Niamh Shaw talked to some of the candidates, inquiring about heir motives, training and expectations.

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