La Cité de l’Espace welcomes artist and astrophysicist Caroline Gueye as part of the Africa 2020 season. A Franco-Togolo-Senegalese descent, she is passionate about art and astrophysics.
“My grandfather told me to do astrophysics but I never let go of my pencil! Today I specialize in dark matter distribution in galaxies and show my work on different continents.”
On the topic of space and the future, Caroline Gueye decided to create a work that is as visual as it is auditory. “My installation is based on the 3C rule: heart, body and brain, it allows me to touch and educate the viewer through his different senses.” Inspired by the “perseverance” robot that landed on Mars last February, Caroline Gay has transformed a room at the Cité de l’Espace into a work made of mirrors, light and sound discovered on the Red Planet. This robot is equipped with eyes that make it possible to instantly recover and analyze various detected sounds with the help of rays of rocks found on Mars.
“For my makeup, I don’t count the hours, I’m there all day, night, week and weekend, working all the time and can’t help myself.” Caroline Gaye is the only one who has worked on perception but has been able to meet several scientists who have fueled all of her artistic thinking. “I’m alone in creating the work but my reflection has refined through all the exchanges I’ve had with the many researchers and I can’t help but thank them for helping me.” Among these scientists, she met Sylvester Morris, an astrophysicist who specializes in spectroscopy: the science that allows light to be analyzed and filtered. “Light is like radio, only the wavelength varies slightly. You need different filters to break it down and understand it. Its secrets,” explains this researcher who designed the Perseverance Robot Eye.
As part of its new exhibition, the Cité de l’Espace is organizing this coming Saturday from 2pm on the theme “AfricaSciences” in the presence of Caroline Gay. The afternoon begins with the performance of DJ Malian Chanana. Then a meeting is organized with the founder of L’Africaine d’Architecture, Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou, with a discussion at the end of the evening about the film Black Panther, which is shown at 6.30 pm. Catering is possible on site with the AfriK ‘N TRuck food cart highlighting African gastronomy. To attend this meeting, all you have to do is register on the Cité de l’Espace website, in order to comply with health standards. https://www.cite-espace.com/evenements/evenem
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