Upcoming Events

The Space Messengers sci-art mixed reality (MR) installation and international classroom exchange connects youth in New Mexico with youth around the world. Through the Space Messengers curriculum, students contribute their 'space messages' which become part of the final installation. See the events below to catch a live performance. We will be livestreaming the projection at our event site www.spacemessengers.com so you can watch from home and even send your own 'space messages' to appear on the wall in real time. For those that would like to enter our VRchat platform and experience the Space Messengers as an Avatar at one of the festivals below, email us to register: stemartslab@gmail.com.

PASEO Festival

September 16,17, 2022 | Sunset- 11pm

Space Messengers will be projecting on to the Taos Municipal School Building (TMS) for The PASEO Festival. Come visit our site in the parking lot off of Camino de la Placitas in Taos, New Mexico for a unique mixed reality experience.

Space Messengers generates messages collected from a custom platform we call the Space Board. Students participating in our workshops wrote messages and created drawings communicating the science they learned and sharing their questions and wishes for a sustainable interplanetary future. These 'space messages' are seen floating on the wall along with interactive body silhouettes. Markus Dorninger (OMAi team) is the lead artist. Using a self-created Tagtool app he will be live painting on to the building responding to the architecture and the mood of evening.

Ways to participate at the event:

1. As people approach the projection, sensor cameras mimic their silhouette movements which are then seen projected onto the building/wall filled with a mosaic of circles. As they come closer the mosaic zooms into a video clip related to the Space Messengers workshops revealing a glimpse of our exploration of the universe through the lens of the students, artists, scientists and cultural experts that guided the journey.

2. A virtual reality station with three rear projection screens will allow participants to enter the Space Messengers Metaverse. Enter as an avatar and you will see a virtual recreation of the TMS building where we are livestreaming the projection for people around the world to experience. Chat with participants as avatars, meet our scientists and ask a question about space, explore the virtual world.

3. At the event participants can text their own 'space messages' to the Space Messengers number: 575-216-8778. Messages appear on the building in real time and become part of the global Space Messengers database.

Ways to participate from home:

1. Visit www.spacemessengers.com and see the livestream. Enter your own 'space messages' from the website and they appear on the building in real time. Messages appear on the building in real time and become part of the global Space Messengers database.

2. If you have a gaming PC or an Oculus Quest headset, you can enter the Space Messengers metaverse and join festival attendees as avatars. Simply create an account in VRChat and friend us to get invited to the private world. Email us for more: stemartslab@gmail.com

Festival Internacional de Ciencia

October 13-16, 2022

Space Messengers first launched in Oerias Portugal in 2021 for the Festival Internacional de Ciencia (FIC.A) and they have invited us back to this annual event. We will be projecting Space Messengers and coordinating a Global VR Youth Day (see below) so our students in New Mexico and anyone around the world can enter and experience it in virtual reality. Visit our STEMarts Lab Vimeo page to watch some of the videos from this event.

Global VR Youth Day

We coordinate a Global VR Youth Day for every festival that Space Messengers visits. We install a pop up STEMarts VR station at participating schools in New Mexico and around the world through the STEMarts International youth exchange, facilitated in partnership with U.S Embassies and Consulates. Students participating as Avatars can experience the installation together virtually, in conjunction with the live festival. Our new STEMarts Metaverse is a VR platform that will host all the venues/sites of the Space Messengers installations. As Space Messengers travels the world we create a VR archive of each site which remains accessible beyond the festival.

For The PASEO Festival 2022, we are installing pop-up VR Stations at Taos High School, Penasco Middle/High School, Taos Day School, Santa Fe Indian School (New Mexico) and Escola Secundaria Sebastiao e Silva (Portugal). VR Ambassadors participating as experience guides will be joining from from Brazil and Italy. Guest scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory will be joining as Avatars to answer questions about space.

Space Messengers is made possible in part by the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund for U.S. Alumni; an opportunity sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by Partners of the Americas. This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts

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