And if your head explodes with the dark forebodings to,
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon
如果你的腦袋已被黑暗的預感撐爆,
我將與你在月球之暗面相見

Work in Progress / drawing
Outer space has been a dream place for centuries for human kind. The Mars 500 plan pull human even closer
to this realm. Party on Mars will not be only an audacious assumption decades later. But what will astronauts
meet in the space - cosmic ray, sensory deprivation, isolation, hallucination…. These day-to-day stresses can
be equally as life-changing and NASA consider behavioural and psychiatric conditions to be one of the most
significant risks to the integrity of the outer space mission – not least as there is now significant evidence that
space travel has mind-altering effects.

Human kind can make remarkable technical revolution in ten years time, but our human brain, hasn't evolved
tremendously for thousands of years. Low entropy brains travels in low entropy universe, are we actually exp-
vecting a massive psychological disorder incident?

On November 16, 1973, NASA launched the third manned Skylab mission Skylab 4, sent three astronauts on a
Satrun IB rocket from the Kennedy Space center, Florida and lasted 84 days, 1 hour and 16minutes. During the
Skylab 4 mission, the crew – Gerry Carr, Ed Gibson, Bill Pogue, endured long hours, exhaustion and disagree-
ments with mission control resulted in the crew switching off their radio and spending a day ignoring NASA
while watching the Earth’s surface pass by.

Lisa Nowak flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery during the STS-121 mission in July 2006, spent 12 days, 18
hours and 36 minutes in outer space. On February 5, 2007, she was arrested in Orlando, Florida, subsequently
charged with the attempted kidnapping of U.S Air Force Captian Colleen Shipman, who was romantically invol-
ved with astronaut William Oefelein, who is in a relationship with Nowak.

Gherman Titov, was the second man to orbit the Earth, and the first to spend an entire day in space (17 orbits).
On August 6, 1961 Titov was launched aboard Vostok (East) II. On his sixth orbit he was overcome by excite-
ment, and his call sign became a cry of exultation. "I am Eagle! I am Eagle!", he told mission control. A little later
he began to feel dizzy and unwell; prolonged weightlessness meant that he had become the first man to get
space sickness.

Living for months in a tin can, hundreds of miles from home, with few comforts and a stressful job, may bring







myriad psychological pressures, but one additional factor might be the functioning of the brain itself. Studies
have found that many basic mental abilities, like attention, task switching, bodily co-ordination and problem
solving seem to work less well in space. The astronauts’ reduced physical exertion is likely to be a significant
factor, as even on Earth heavily restricting activity reduces mental abilities over time. The effect of a virtually
gravity-free environment on blood flow may also be important. Our blood supply has evolved to work best when
we experience ground-level gravity, meaning space travel could affect how efficiently oxygen is supplied to the
brain.

Despite the science, some of the most striking discussions on the psychological effects of space travel occurred
before the first person went into orbit. Freudian psychiatrists speculated in a 1959 issue of the American Journal
of Psychiatry, two years before Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering voyage, that the separation from “mother Earth” could
lead to pathological “separation anxiety” where “the temptation to escape through suicide into oblivion may be
accompanied by an urge to destroy the space vehicle and the rest of the crew”. Thankfully, this has never happ-
ened, but Nasa reportedly has guidelines for crew members who become dangerously agitated during space
flight, which involve a rather pragmatic combination of duct tape, bungee cords and tranquillisers.

But the reality is that space mission psychology involves a massive scientific investment to try to avoid the mental
health consequences of what many people experience on Earth: stress, poor working conditions and loneliness.
Getting to Mars seems easy in comparison.







REFERENCES
Isolation and hallucinations: the mental health challenges faced by astronauts
I know in my heart she wanted me dead
Gherman Titov
































And if your head explodes with the dark forebodings to,
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon - No.1

Watercolour, pencil and color pencil on paper
2016
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And if your head explodes with the dark forebodings to,
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon - No.1 (detailed)

Watercolour, pencil and color pencil on paper
2016
80cm x 20.52cm































And if your head explodes with the dark forebodings to,
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon - No.1 (detailed)

Watercolour, pencil and color pencil on paper
2016
80cm x 20.52cm































And if your head explodes with the dark forebodings to,
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon - No.1 (detailed)

Watercolour, pencil and color pencil on paper
2016
80cm x 20.52cm































And if your head explodes with the dark forebodings to,
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon - No.2

Watercolour, pencil and color pencil on paper
2016
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And if your head explodes with the dark forebodings to,
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon - No.2 (detailed)

Watercolour, pencil and color pencil on paper
2016
80cm x 36.8cm































And if your head explodes with the dark forebodings to,
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon - No.2 (detailed)

Watercolour, pencil and color pencil on paper
2016
80cm x 36.8cm

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曲倩雯 | Vvzela KOOK

Vvzela Kook is a new media artist who mainly works in audiovisual mediums, including performance, theatre, generative video and drawing. Her
audiovisual works combine media with performance; they explore the possibility of coexistence between contemporary performance types, like dance
or choreography, and computer-generated new media.

Kook’s video works combine technology with her artistic practice to reproduce and convert urban cityscapes into an integrated virtual experience,
guiding the audience on a cybernetic journey. The condensed textures in her works connect with multiple sensual levels in our perception and
reintroduce the unexplored potential of video as a medium.

Kook has participated and shown her works in PuSh Performing Art Festival in Vancouver(2017), Mill6 Foundation (2017), Microwave International
Media Festival in Hong Kong (2016), K11 Shanghai (2016), Hong Kong Arts Festival (2015), Sound Art China Exhibition (2013), Frischzelle Festival
and Dusseldorf Festival (2012), and “89+”program (2012) co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets.



. 2017.03    "Dialogue of Trees", media concert tour in Norway

. 2017.02    "Watermark", media walk, Vancouver, Canada

. 2017.02    PuSh Performing Arts festival, Vancouver, Canada.

. 2016.11    "You are not alone", Oi! Street Art Space

. 2016.11    MILL6 FALL PROGRAM 'TECHSTYLE SERIES1.0: ARIADNE'S THREAD', Mill6, Hong Kong

. 2016.11    UnStumm, audiovisual collaborative project. New Music Ensemble, Hong Kong

. 2016.10    Hong Kong Artist books of Sketches, DreamLikeBubble, Hong Kong

. 2016.05    VISAURAL, audio-visual performance, Microwave International New Media Festival, Hong Kong

. 2016.03    WE: A Community of Chinese Contemporary Artists, K11 Shanghai, Shanghai

· 2015.11    Cinema Silenzio, Clockenflap. West Kowloon Culture District, Hong Kong

· 2015.11    Multimedia concert Dialogue of Trees-Hong Kong & Norway. Y Studio, Youth Square, Hong Kong

· 2015.11    “jolt touring festival”, collaborate with Dj Sniff and Chin King.

· 2015.11    “Fleeing by Night”. Intermedia dance theater, visual design, ,Guangdong Contemporary Dance Festival, Guangzhou

· 2015.09    “All in one”. Sound and light show for Open Sky Campus. International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

· 2015.03    "Fleeing by Night",Intermedia dance theater,Visual Design, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Contemporary Dance Series

· 2014.12    RPM: Sound Art China, City University of Hong Kong

· 2014.11    "Fleeing by Night", Intermedia dance theater,Visual Design,YINZI Theater, Chong Qing

· 2014.09    "A Study on Geometry", Sonic Anchor #18 - Virtuosic Electronica, McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre

· 2013.12    "DOOR", Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong

· 2013.03    "Revolution Per Minute: Sound Art China", Colgate University, NY,USA

· 2012.12    “DLD Conference, 89+panel”,Curated by hans Ulrich Orbist & Simon Castets,Munich,German

· 2012.01    “Virtual Mancer”, NEW ASDICON Group, Opening ceremony of Green Box exhibition

· 2012.12    "ART In DIGITAL REALMS", Wuhan K11 Art Space

· 2012.12    Frischzelle Live Performance Workshop, China Academy of Art

· 2012.12    "RAM Sound: Adjustable disordered",Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum

· 2012.09    Frischzelle Festival and Dusseldorf Festival, Cologne and Dusseldorf

· 2012.08    Six Channel Sound Installation "Reincarnation", Vvzela Qu, Lijie Tan. Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria

· 2012.12    Bauhaus Theater+Hangzhou Sonart 4.4, Hangzhou Sonart Club

· 2011.12    "ASDICON3.0" ASDICON group, UFO Media Theater

· 2011.11    ASDICON2.0 "Happy Shall He Be" ASDICON group, Hangzhou Sonart 4.3, Hangzhou Sonart Club

· 2011.06    ASDICON1.0 "Machinery Induction" ASDICON group, Hangzhou Sonart 4.2, Hangzhou Sonart Club


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