SPACE SPECIALS – [SPACE] ARCHITECTURE & BEYOND

Austrian Radio Broadcast – RADIO ORANGE 94.0 FM
Third Tuesday, every month 17:30 – 18:00

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 is funded by The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria and produced by Barbara Imhof and Susmita Mohanty.

most recent broadcasts can be accessed online
selected SPACE SPECIALS can be accessed at the Cultural Broadcasting Archive

2020

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.

2019

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

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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

2010

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

2009

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

2008

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

2007

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

2006

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