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Austrian Radio Broadcast – RADIO ORANGE 94.0 FM
Third Tuesday, every month 14:00 – 14:30
Since 2001, SPACE SPECIALS has been dedicated to sharing with the public a multitude of perspectives and ideas stemming from the fields of engineering, art, architecture, design, space science, commercial spaceflight, psychology, psychiatry and human factors.
Space Specials was funded by The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria in 2007 and 2017 for the special mini-series on the Antarctic Biennale Expedition and is produced by Barbara Imhof and Niamh Shaw.
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selected SPACE SPECIALS can be accessed at the Cultural Broadcasting Archive
16 March JUICE – Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer. Niamh Shaw talks with Barbara Imhof about Juice (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer), the latest deep space exploration mission by ESA.
14 March Imagining being on a space station. Niamh Shaw and Barbara Imhof talk about their personal plans and visions when being on a space station.
17 JAN Encounters with Spacewalkers (Part 2). Niamh Shaw and Barbara Imhof talk about their personal encounters with astronauts and what they have learned from them.
15 NOV Encounters with Spacewalkers (Part 1). Niamh Shaw and Barbara Imhof talk about their personal encounters with astronauts and what they have learned from them.
18 OCT New space economies. Niamh Shaw and Barbara Imhof talk about the changing space sector, new space companies and new business opportunities.
20 SEPT Going to the moon with ARTEMIS. Barbara Imhof and Niamh Shaw are in conversation about humans going to the moon.
16 AUG Space movies: between fact and fiction. Niamh Shaw and Barbara Imhof in conversation about the influence of space movies on space projects and vice versa.
19 JUL Humans in Space. Niamh Shaw speaks with astronaut Bob Thirsk about living on space station and the ESA general director Josef Aschbacher about his passion for space.
21 JUNE Testing to live. Being in space. Niamh Shaw and Barbara Imhof in conversation about what it takes to learn to live in space.
17 MAY Habitats on moon and Mars built from local material. Haym Benaroya and Kevin Cannon are in conversation with Barbara Imhof about using local resources to build sustainable bases on the moon and Mars.
19 APRIL Scale – how big is space. Niamh Shaw and Barbara Imhof in conversation about the scale of space from the rockets they have seen, the launches, and all in relation to the human scale within all of that.
15 March Time dilation in space/flight. The time it takes to achieve anything in the space sector. Conversation between Niamh Shaw and Barbara Imhof.
15 FEB Rituals of Human Space Exploration. Barbara Imhof and Niamh Shaw share their experiences about living in space and the rituals of astronauts as they prepare to launch to the International Space Station.
15 NOV Space Exploration through the lens of human activity and design for habitability. Barbara Imhof interviews Julie Patarin-Jossec and Georgi Petrov for a new episode of Space Specials. The conversation is about the near term future in space exploration and focusses on space architecture, space sociology and politics.
20 SEP The Promise of Space Architecture. Barbara Imhof interviews two young space architects for another Radio Orange Space Special. Monika Lipinska and Vittorio Netti talk about about their path into the field, their current work and their dreams.
20 JULY Human Performance in Space. Barbara Imhof speaks to Dr. Virginia Wotring, professor at the International Space University in Strasbourg and human performance researcher for NASA.
18 MAY Reciprocities: the earth – space continuum. Barbara Imhof in conversation with space architects Christina Ciardullo and Marc Cohen about how space and earth architecture can be connected and what differentiates them from each other.
16 MAR Of spacesuits and other “dress codes” for space. Barbara Imhof speaks to Annalisa Dominoni and Brand Griffin about clothes, garments and spacesuits for astronauts for this Radio Orange Broadcast. Annalisa Dominoni is a designer and professor at the Politecnico di Milano and Brand Griffin is the Program Manager for a Single-Person Spacecraft at Genesis Engineering Solutions.
15 DEC Dream Big. Conversation with Niamh Shaw, Irish engineer, scientist, writer and performer recently voted one of Ireland’s leading science communicators and STEAM specialists (merging science, technology, engineering, arts and maths). Niamh believes in Dreaming Big and is on a mission to get to Space.
20 OCT Exploring the peripheries of outer space. Interview with artists and designers Joseph Popper and Sitraka Rakotoniaina who probe the materialisation of futures through public co-enquires. In this conversation we will discuss how they have used outer space futures as narratives for artistic construction.
19 MAY Life in the COVID-19 pandemic. Round-table interview with Dehlia Hannah, Sarah Jane Pell, Susmita Mohanty and Angelo Vermeulen about the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA, Australia, India and Belgium, Europe.
17 MARCH Amphibious living. Part of the mini-series reporting on Expedition Deep Sea Minding, TBA Academy. Interview with Ricardo Gomes, architect, and Jun Kamei, biomimicry designer, both of whom were part of Deep Sea Minding – Expedition I.
21 JANUARY Our future is here. Part of the mini-series reporting on Expedition Deep Sea Minding, TBA Academy. Conversation between Francesca Thyssen Bornemisza, founder and head of the TBA21 for contemporary art and the TBA21-Academy, and Dayne Buddo, Marine Ecologist.
20 AUGUST Thinking from the ocean. Part of the mini-series reporting on Expedition Deep Sea Minding, TBA Academy. Interview with Superflex artist Bjørnstjerne Christiansen and TBA 21 Director Markus Reymann. The recording took place in August 2018 on the Dardanella ship during a sail between the islands of Tonga and Niuwe in the South Pacific ocean.
18 JUNE Vast Oceanscapes / Of fish, humans and other creatures. Part of the mini-series reporting on Expedition Deep Sea Minding, TBA Academy. Interview with Superflex artist Jakop Fenger and Maureen Penjueli, political activist and coordinator of PANG, the Pacific Network on Globalization, Fiji
21 MAY Beyond the shore and below the surface. Part of the mini-series reporting on Expedition Deep Sea Minding, TBA Academy. Interview with Superflex artist Rasmus Nielsen and marine biologist Alex Jordan
19 FEBRUARY Antarctic Biennale Expedition – about art and sailing. Part of the mini-series reporting on the 1st Antarctic Biennale. Interview with Alexander Ponomarev, artist, initiator and commissioner of the Antarctic Biennale and the Antarctic peninsula expedition
18 DECEMBER Lecture for penguins. Part of the mini-series reporting on the 1st Antarctic Biennale. Interview with Alexander Sekatsky, associate professor of philosophy and political sciences
17 JULY MOON – a policy view on human exploration of the moon. Conversation with Christina Giannopapa, head of political affairs at the European Space Agency (ESA) in Paris
19 JUNE Greenhouses on the moon and in Antarctica; biospheric systems on earth and in space. Interview with Prof. Gene Giacomelli, specialist in horticulture and biospheric systems
15 MAY On a drifting ice floe at the North Pole. Part of the mini-series reporting on the 1st Antarctic Biennale. Interview with oceanographer Sergey Pisarev about living on drifting ice
19 DECEMBER All the world Antarctica. Part of the mini-series reporting on the 1st Antarctic Biennale. Conversation with Berlin-based architect and Biennale participant Gustav Duesing
21 NOVEMBER We are all monsters. Part of the mini-series reporting on the 1st Antarctic Biennale. Interview with the Ecuadorian scientist and artist Paúl Rosero Contreras
17 OCTOBER Antarctica – from the edge of biological possibilities. Part of the mini-series reporting on the 1st Antarctic Biennale. Interview with the photographer Jean de Pomereu
19 SEPTEMBER Come here but don’t come here – On the apartheid of humans and nature. Part of the mini-series reporting on the 1st Antarctic Biennale. Conversation with Lisen Schultz, a biospherian scientist from Sweden and with German artist Julius von Bismarck
15 AUGUST 45 minutes of silence & standing upside down and waving arms and legs like a tree. Part of the mini-series reporting on the 1st Antarctic Biennale. Discussion with Swiss artist Julien Charrière and performer Andrey Kuzkin from Moscow
18 JULY Vestibul. Part of the mini-series reporting on the 1st Antarctic Biennale. Conversation with Brazilian sculptor Juliana Cerqueira Leite, and Shama Rahman, a British singer-songwriter, sitarist, storyteller, performance artist, filmmaker and actress
20 JUNE On icebergs, on murder mysteries set on a ship traveling in the Antarctic mist and why we can still have Romantic faith in our humanistic future. Part of the mini-series reporting on the 1st Antarctic Biennale. Conversation with writer Adrian Dannatt
16 MAY Requiem for the antarctic coast. Part of the mini-series reporting on the 1st Antarctic Biennale. Interview with American philosopher Dehlia Hannah, and Canadian artist Lou Sheppard
18 APRIL Mobilis In Mobile. Part of the mini-series reporting on the 1st Antarctic Biennale. Interview with Nadim Samman, curator of the first Antarctic Biennale
21 FEBRUARY MISSION STARDUST – Talk to me I am a space viking. Interview with Nelly Ben Hayoun, award-winning director and designer of experiences
15 NOVEMBER Simulationsanzüge für den Weltraum. Interview with Dr. Gernot Grömer und Dr. Peter Weiss on building simulation space suits for future exploration missions to the moon and Mars
20 SEPTEMBER Bending Horizons. Interview with Dr. Sarah Jane Pell, independent commercial diver, artist, explorer and researcher
16 AUGUST Blending Architecture and Biology. Interview with Petra Gruber, associate professor at the Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center at the University of Akron, Ohio, USA
19 JULY SIMULATIONS: space exploration preparations on earth. Interview with Diego Urbina, simulation astronaut in the Mars 500 study
17 MAY ‚Architekten bauen keine Häuser, Architekten machen Zeichnungen von Häusern‘ (quote by Robin Evans). Interview with Nicole Stöcklmayer, senior researcher at the Institute of Advanced Study on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation (MECS), Lueneburg, Germany
19 APRIL India’s New Space Entrepreneurs Series. Interview with Neha Satak, space entrepreneur and co-founder of Astrome Technologies
17 NOVEMBER Mars expeditions on Earth (German). Interview with Gernot Grömer, head of the Austrian Space Forum and Norbert Frischauf, on AMADEE – 15, a two-week Mars simulation carried out in Kaunertal, Austria
15 SEPTEMBER 3D contour crafted habitation on earth and in space. Interview with Behrokh Khoshnevis, pioneer of Contour Crafting (CC), a layered fabrication technology
18 AUGUST India’s New Space Entrepreneurs Series. Interview with space entrepreneur Prateep Basu
21 JULY India’s New Space Entrepreneurs Series. Interview with Govind Rajan, veteran of the Indian satellite industry and co-founder and President at ANIARA
21 APRIL If I give you a ticket to space, where would you go and why? Interviews with space aficionados from around the world
17 MARCH Designing from the unfamiliar. Interview with design educator and researcher working on the boundary between body and environment, Sue Fairburn
20 JANUARY What architects can learn from termites. Interview with the British engineer Rupert Soar on additive manufacturing and termites
16 SEPTEMBER Code Control Design and Production (CCDPro). Discussion with Matias del Campo, Nicole Stöcklmayr, and Andrea Graser
15 JULY Space Specials Music. Special selection of space music
17 JUNE Be MAD – Mumbai Architecture and Design. Discussion between SPACE SPECIALS producers, Barbara Imhof and Susmita Mohanty on MAD Salon and MAD lab, Mohanty’s space initiatives founded with partner Siddarth Das
20 MAY Mechatronics for space and urban applications. Interview with Viktor Gudenus about the field of mechatronics and how it can be used for space exploration and urban applications
15 APRIL Biomimetics in space applications. Interview with biologist Julian F.V. Vincent on biomimetics in materials science
18 MARCH Light constructions. Interview with engineer, architect and planner Jürgen Hennicke
21 JANUARY “man [is] a man only in play, and only in play is he free, and, as such, a real man!” (quote by Joseph Beuys). Singular Oscillations with artist Bradley Pitts, recorded at the European Space Agencies’ Technology Centre, Noordwijk, Holland, 19 November, 2012
18 DECEMBER HI-SEAS EPILOGUE. Part of the mini-series reporting on HI-SEAS – Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation – Mars simulation. Interview with crew commander Angelo Vermeulen
19 NOVEMBER HI-SEAS Part III. Part of the mini-series reporting on HI-SEAS – Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation – Mars simulation. Post-mission interview with two crew members of the HI-SEAS simulation
20 AUGUST Fatigue and human behaviour on human missions to Mars. Interview with David Dinges, psychologist and professor
16 JULY HI-SEAS Part II. Part of the mini-series reporting on HI-SEAS – Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation – Mars simulation. Mid-mission interview with four crew members of the HI-SEAS simulation
18 JUNE The City as a Spaceship (CAAS). Interview with space entrepreneur and designer Susmita Mohanty
16 APRIL HI-SEAS Part I. Part of the mini-series reporting on HI-SEAS – Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation – Mars simulation. Interview with commander Angelo Vermeulen and mission scientist Oleg Abramov
21 FEBRUARY SPACE ART Part 7. Part of the mini-series reporting on ESA Topical Team Arts & Science (ETTAS) . Der Flash nachts unterm Himmel. Interview with the artist Tim Otto Roth
15 JANUARY SPACE ART Part 6. Part of the mini-series reporting on ESA Topical Team Arts & Science (ETTAS) . Interview with German artist and researcher Kirsten Johannsen
18 DECEMBER SPACE ART Part 5. Part of the mini-series reporting on ESA Topical Team Arts & Science (ETTAS). Every space project needs an artist . Lecture by Sarah Jane Pell, Australian artist, performer, commercial diver and researcher
20 NOVEMBER Science Communications. Interview with Bertram Schütz of Science Communications
16 OCTOBER Technosensuals. Interview with fashion designer specialized in integrated technologies, Anouk Wipprecht
21 AUGUST AOUDA – eine richtige Marsprinzessin. Discussion with Gernot Grömer, Norbert Frischauf, and Steve Clifford
19 JUNE SPACE ART Part 4. Part of the mini-series reporting on ESA Topical Team Arts & Science (ETTAS). Kunst am Limit. Interview with the Austrian artist Eva Schlegel
15 MAY SPACE ART Part 3. Part of the mini-series reporting on ESA Topical Team Arts & Science (ETTAS). Biomodd – an approach to artistic practice in space
17 APRIL SPACE ART Part 2. Part of the mini-series reporting on ESA Topical Team Arts & Science (ETTAS). Interview with New York-based aerospace engineer and space artist Bradley Pitts
20 MARCH Architects without borders. About the new platform ArchitektInnen ohne Grenzen in Österreich with architects Petra Gruber and Fritz Öttl.
FEBRUARY 2012 SPACE ART Part 1. Part of the mini-series reporting on ESA Topical Team Arts & Science (ETTAS). Interview with ecologist and space artist Angelo Vermeulen
JANUARY 2012 The architecture of the antarctic research station HALLEY VI. Interview with Hugh Broughton, British architect and company
20 DECEMBER From earth to orbit. Interview with Susmita Mohanty
19 JULY Weltraum. Die Kunst und ein Traum. Interview with Christian Waldvogel
21 FEBRUARY BIORNAMETICS – Architecture Defined By Natural Patterns. Discussion with Petra Gruber and Clemens Grünberger
25 JANUARY Habitat im All – Habitat in Space. Book presentation and reading by Barbara Imhof and René Waclavicek. Book editors: David Bühler, Res Eichenberger
28 DECEMBER Psychology in space. Interview with the space psychologist Vadim Gushin, Institute for Biomedical Problems in Moscow about psychological issues on long-duration stays in space
16 MARCH Space in architecture and design. Interview with Architect Gregor Eichinger
29 DECEMBER Malaysia in space. Interview with the Malay astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor about his endeavour to the International Space Station ISS
17 NOVEMBER Space Psychology and Psychiatry – Part 2. Interview the space medical doctor Nick Kanas, who has been researching in the area of Human Behaviour in space since the last 30 years
21 JULY Space Psychology and Psychiatry – Part 1. Interview the space medical doctor Nick Kanas, who has been researching in the area of Human Behaviour in space since the last 30 years
19 AUGUST Long duration stays on space stations. Interview with the Russian cosmonaut Sergej Krikalyov about his experiences with living long time in zero-g
18 DECEMBER Interview with the Indian Cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma. About his one-week-stay on the Russian Salyut 7 space station; included are excerpts from Sunita Williams, American astronaut
13 NOVEMBER MOBITAT – Transformers. Interview with space architect Scott Howe, NASA-JPL, about his projects, his methodology and file to factory building processes
28 AUGUST YURI GAGARIN Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC). Interview with tour guide of GCTC and Dr. Mike Barratt, astronaut
21 AUGUST Inflatable Space Habitats. Interview with Marco Nebbiolo, space engineer working with Thales Alenia Space in Torino
15 AUGUST Could we prevent people from going to the Moon or Mars? Interview with Brent Sherwood, space architect and systems engineer, NASA – Jet Propulsion Laboratory