Since 1989, the Tycho Brahe Planetarium in downtown Copenhagen has been a lure for families, tourists and school kids. One of the strongest selling points from the very beginning has been the gigantic 1000 m2 dome-shaped screen, which gives the visitors the impression of being part of the on-screen action.
Yet, the planetarium also wants their guests to be explorers of space hands-on, with use of the newest technology, a mesmerizing narrative and not least in a gender inclusive approach. This is the reason why the place soon will open a whole new exhibition called ‘Made in Space’ – about our origin from the depths of space!
A collaboration between scientists, artists and digital experts
The Hypatia team here in Denmark visited the exhibition a few weeks before opening to the public on 1 February 2018. The new exhibition halls indeed look very impressive, and the collaboration with the British company ‘59 Productions’ and their artists and digital experts is likely to give visitors a surprise attack to their senses.
Throughout ‘Made in Space’ the visitors learn about the components of their bodies, and how the different elements derive from Big Bang, stars and the formation of planets.
Inspired by Hypatia
Astrophysicist and Head of Science and Outreach Tina Ibsen and PhD Fellow Line Skøtt Nicolaisen have been a part of the project from the very beginning. Both of them are also part of the Hypatia hub in Denmark, and all along the development process they have ensured that the meeting with outer space could be as (gender) inclusive as possible.
“The whole approach of addressing the guests is influenced by the way the Hypatia project talks about gender. It has for sure been an important inspiration,” says Tina Ibsen.
When we talked to the 59 Productions-team on-site they told us that taking a gender inclusive approach was an inspiring way of creating and producing the new exhibition.
“We haven’t really tried it before, but we have definitely learned a lot working with Tycho Brahe Planetarium and their way of thinking,” explains Tommy Lexen from the London-based company.