Moon Mission with Bettina Forget

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Moon Mission with Bettina Forget

A workshop which fuses astronomy and visual art

Workshop dates: Saturday, July 11 & Sunday, July 12, 2015
Exhibition dates: Tuesday, July 14 – Friday, July 17, 2015

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This workshop will be given in franglais.

Workshop Description

Imagine you’re on a lunar base, ready explore to the Moon. Your mission is to document a region of the Moon of your choice – maybe the Ocean of Storms, the Sea of Tranquility, the Peninsula of Thunder, or the Bay of Rainbows. What will you find there? What does this region look like, sound like, feel like? Does anyone – or anything – live there?

The Moon Mission workshop, led by Bettina Forget, inspires participants to dive into research, fire up their imagination, and experiment with new forms of expression.
The workshop starts with a short lecture on the Moon, with a focus on astronomy and lunar maps. This is followed by a research and development period designed to spark ideas for a visual narrative. This narrative will then be developed into an art piece. Rather than focusing on one medium or technique, we offer participants the use of a range of materials to develop their project idea. After the workshop has ended the artworks will be displayed in the gallery space for a short exhibition.

We offer the use of the following:
Digital camcorder, digital sound recorder & mics, microscope with USB connection, Drawdios, Gelliplate mono printing plates,
as well as consumables such as acrylics, gouache, crayons, collage and assemblage materials.
If participants wish to work in a specific medium we invite them to please bring their own art materials along.
We also encourage participants to bring their own laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Participants will create an artwork which establishes a link between a science and art through visual storytelling.
Come and learn about astronomy, the Moon, and lunar cartography. Experiment with a variety of art materials and let your imagination run free.

Visual Voice Lab is creating an eBook featuring artworks and texts created during the Visual Voice Summer Workshop Series. Participants of the Moon Mission workshop are invited to submit the artwork they created during this workshop for inclusion in the eBook.

Workshop Schedule

Workshop: July 11 & 12, 2015
10am – 5pm

Day 1
Mission briefing
Mission assignments
Research and development

Day 2
Art creation
Art installation
Mission debriefing

Exhibition: July 14 – 17, 2015
Finissage: July 17, 2015, 5pm – 7pm


Bettina Forget

Bettina Forget owns and runs Visual Voice Gallery. Located in downtown Montreal, Visual Voice Gallery presents contemporary art exhibitions which create a dialogue between art and science. The gallery’s aim is to disrupt the artificial separation between the arts and the sciences and to stimulate curiosity, exploration, and a search for truth and beauty.
The gallery’s exhibitions, lectures, workshops, residencies, and collaborative research projects are designed to inspire, spark discussion, and foster a profound appreciation for the natural world.

Born in Germany, Bettina has studied at Central St-Martins School of Art in London, England and at Curtin University in Perth, Australia and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. She has exhibited her artwork in the USA, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Singapore, and Nicaragua.

Bettina also serves on the board of the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) as President and Representative of Visual Arts, produces and edits the online art magazine The Belgo Report, and – last, but not least – is the co-founder of Sproutive, a start-up which coaches businesses in brand storytelling.