ACTION POEM. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission (update)



One of my photographs is stored on a microchip on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft that just reached the asteroïd Bennu. Above, a photograph taken on November 16, 2018, from a distance of 85 miles (136 km).


OsirisOsiris 2


A 7 years journey, the goal is to map the asteroïd’s surface and collect samples to be sent back to Earth. Bennu, a potentially hazardous object, could hit our planet next century. After mission completion, the spacecraft and artwork will remain in space for millennia on a stable orbit around the Sun.


Hand stencil



NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
Coffin and corn mummy with Osiris mask (MET Museum)
Eva Wollenberg, the sky ”hand stencil” artwork stored aboard
OSIRIS-REx | Video of the launch | Osiris | Bennu

ACTION POEM. NASA’s InSight Mission: reaching for the stars & childhood dreams

My name just landed successfully on Mars’ Elysium Planitia region, 
close to the Hecates Tholus volcano, named after the goddess Hecate.

An electron beam etched letters 1/1000 the width of a human hair onto 8 mm (0.3 in) silicon wafers.
The microchip is affixed to NASA’s InSight robotic lander with a special glue.

The mission‘s goal is to listen to the Red Planet’s deep interior, bowels and heart, with microseismometers able to detect the faintest “Marsquakes”. Tested in one of the quietest places in Europe, in the depths of a mine under the Black Forest Mountains, they were able to pick signals from the sea hundreds of miles away. InSight, an extreme zero gravity environment, will be one of the quietest objects in our Solar System. Experiments to determine the size of Mars’ core, its liquid or solid quality, and how fast heat rises from its interior, will also take place.

Other NASA missions to which I participate(d):

Orion’s flight test 1 (microchip)
Parker Solar Probe mission, first-ever mission to “touch” the Sun (memory card mounted on a plaque)

OSIRIS-REx, asteroid study and sample-return mission (microchip)

This process is part of the STELLIFEROUS body of work.

Update December 8, 2018: Sound of Martian winds

Credits: NASA (Mars, sunset on Mars, landing site) & William Blake

ACTION POEM. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission : art blasting off into space as well

To Pier Paolo Pasolini, life itself and one’s actions within it were a form of poetry. This philosophy is a key influence on my way of living, of understanding life and its real magic. Today, 8th September 2016, these two creative events echoed each other and I feel deeply happy.

1. It’s a dream come true: my space loving and pioneering heart blasted off through the stratosphere, part of a rare adventure gathering explorers from all around the world. This photograph from the STELLIFEROUS series has been launched into space aboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, at 7:05pm EDT! Stored on a microchip, it will travel a total of 7 years to the asteroïd Bennu and back, then stay in space for millennia on a stable orbit around the Sun after mission completion. The hand refers to some of the earliest and most humble human art forms — the hand stencil — and pushes the limit of this promethean creative urge further into space.

Hand stencil

Learn more about this extraordinary mission here. You can watch the launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (Space Launch Complex 41) here. Credit for the two images below: NASA.

OSIRIS-REx in space


2. My song AR 2529 FLARE, referring to the flare unleashed by the heart-shaped sunspot AR 2529 that happened on the 17th of April 2016, has been broadcasted by the experimental art radio RADIOPHRENIA. More infos here.

BROADCASTING. Radiophrenia (Scotland)

will be broadcast by RADIOPHRENIA
Online and 24/7 across Glasgow on 87.9FM
Midnight August 29th, 2016 — Midnight September 11th, 2016

Radiophrenia is a temporary art radio station – a two-week exploration into current trends in sound and transmission arts. Broadcasting live from Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts, the station aims to promote radio as an art form, encouraging challenging and radical new approaches to the medium. The broadcast schedule will include a series of 14 newly commissioned radio works, live shows, pre-recorded features and 12 Live-to-Air performances. The majority of the programme will be made up from selections submitted to an international open call for sound art and radio works. The station is managed by Mark Vernon and Barry Burns and is funded by a Creative Scotland Quality Production Award with additional support from CCA Glasgow.

© Eva Wollenberg

LISTEN. Belladrum festival (Scotland)


Near Inverness, Scotland
Lights Out Listening Group events
Friday 5th August (9pm) and Saturday 6th (evening)


THE SKY-HEART will open a series of « Superstition » themed listening events taking place ‘in the dark’, in the Temple building nestled amongst a secluded woodland knoll on the festival site.