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The Stars Hold Our Stories

Created by Kate Freer
Part of the New York Hall of Science ACCESS: Space Exploration Festival
Oct.12 - 14, 2018


THE STARS HOLD OUR STORIES is a platform for exchange. A flexible space for participants and performers to conjure narratives and scientific information from a multimedia skyscape to share stories that connect us. 


THE STARS HOLD OUR STORIES uses the night sky as an interactive bridge between people through time and space. The work is a reactive skyscape generated from the Gaia catalogue, a database of over 1.3 billion stellar distances. The installation activates to become an immersive and synergistic performance experience, weaving together artistry, design, theatricality, astrophysics, indigenous astrological knowledge and mythology. 

THE STARS HOLD OUR STORIES highlights the similarities of shared traditional cultural astrological knowledge from Haiti, to Mexico, to Puerto Rico, to Turtles Island, told by the people they belong to. In addition to performances that occur under the digital night sky, audiences will discover a multitude of stories and information through their own exploration of an online portal and Augmented Reality (AR) mobile application. This self driven exploration provides context, learning, and understanding through beauty, play and discovery of a living database of cultural astrological knowledge and oral storytelling. 

THE STARS HOLD OUR STORIES is a collaboration between artist Kate Freer and astrophysicist Jackie Faherty as a part of the New York Hall of Science ACCESS: Space Exploration Festival.

ACCESS: Space Exploration Festival Programming Schedule 

STEM Night: ACCESS Space Exploration
riday, October 12; 6 – 8 pm 

This event is geared towards middle school, high school and college students who are curious about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Free with R.S.V.P.

ACCESS 2018 – Projects on View
Saturday, October 13; 10 am – 5 pm

Free with NYSCI admission.

ACCESS 2018 – Conversation with Artist and Scientist Pairs
Saturday, October 13; 5 – 6 pm


Learn about the ACCESS 2018 collaborations from the artists and scientists themselves, as they discuss their projects and the process of working together. Free with NYSCI admission.

ACCESS 2018 – Meet the Artists and Scientists/Performances
Saturday, October 13; 6 – 8 pm

Meet the artists and scientists behind the ACCESS 2018 projects while experiencing their work.


ACCESS 2018 – Projects on View
Sunday, October 14; 10 am – 5 pm

Free with NYSCI admission.


The New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th St.

Queens, NY 11368



October 13, 2018 6pm-8pm
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