BALTIC has programmed a series of associated events to accompany this exhibition including film screenings, discussion, performance and a stargazing trip to Kielder Observatory.

12 May: Film Screening: Moon  + discussion / Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle / 18.00

17 May: The Late Shows / BALTIC 39, Newcastle / 19.00-23.00
29 May: Performance: NEED MOISTURE by Kate Liston / BALTIC 39, Newcastle / 18.00
1 June: Film Double Bill: Nostalgia For The Light and Black Drop / Tyneside Cinema / 13.15
8 June: Film Screenings: The Moon On A Stick / Star & Shadow Cinema / 19.30
12 June: Field Trip: Stargazing at Kielder Observatory / 18.30 bus departs
19 June: Discussion: Moon Rocks & Space Maps + Sci Fi & Off-World Urbanism / BALTIC 39, Newcastle / 18.00
24 June  / Film Screening: Sepideh / Tyneside Cinema / 18:00
26 June: Meeting Place: Dr. Peter Edwards & Fiona Crisp / BALTIC 39, Newcastle / 18.30
27 June: Round Table: Alessandro Vincentelli & Nicola Triscott / BALTIC 39, Newcastle / 14.30
28 June: Film Screening: Deep State + discussion / Tyneside Cinema, Digital Lounge / 15.00

Monday 12 May 2014 / 18.00
Tyneside Cinema / Book:
Dir. Duncan Jones. UK 2009. 1hr 37mins.

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Duncan Jones’ (Source Code) outstanding debut film follows Sam Rockwell’s isolated astronaut Sam Bell, who wakes up in his lunar base after a freak accident only to discover that he’s not alone…

Followed by a discussion looking at the use of the moon in science and fiction with artist Aaron Guy and BALTIC Curator Alessandro Vincentelli.

Saturday 17 May 2014 / 19.00-23.00 / FREE / Paybar

Drop-in with no booking required

Drop into BALTIC’s city centre location, grab a beer at the pay bar and head up to BALTIC’s project space where you can take a virtual trip to outer space in the group exhibition They Used to Call it the Moon.

A space age soundtrack from Lee Baby Sims sets the scene for an interactive, intergalactic evening of sci-fi board games – costumes encouraged.

Northumbria University’s Fine Art research community invites you to explore their work in the vibrant studio culture of the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art at BALTIC 39. Here a variety of artists will be presenting their latest work including Holly Hendry (Woon Tai Jee Fellow) and Luke McCreadie (Warwick Stafford Fellow).

Thursday 29 May 2014 / 1800 / FREE

Eventbrite - Performance: NEED MOISTURE by Kate Liston

The event NEED MOISTURE draws on a range of organised situations which attempt to direct groups of people towards meaningful experience, from guided self-help seminars to ritual ceremonies.

This new work developed specifically for They Used to Call it the Moon, continues a line of thinking Kate Liston began in a residency in China, from which the work MOONRABBIT was made (also featured in the exhibition). During the residency Liston became interested in constructed situations in which people are forced into a heightened tendency towards meaning-making.

The spontaneous manifestation of meaningful connections between apparently unrelated data, an experience called apophenia, was originally thought to indicate an imbalanced state of mind.  Now, as a result of the massive swollen unstable databases of information we have to deal with in daily lives, apophenia is an experience deeply familiar to most.  With so much data out there we are bound to see connections in some of it.

NEED MOISTURE will involve video screening and live sound performed by Tim Croft.

Supported by Northumbria University

Sunday  1 June 2014 / 13.15
Tyneside Cinema / Book:

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Dir. Patricio Guzmán. France & Chile 2010. 1hr 30mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Black Drop, Simon Starling. 28 mins.

A special double-bill screening of two extraordinary documentaries about astronomy. Black Drop, an engaging documentary by Turner Prize artist Simon Starling, which looks at the rare planetary phenomenon of the transit of Venus. Nostalgia for the Light, the awe-inspiring documentary from award-winning director Patricio Guzmán, is an extraordinary exploration of the Atacama Desert in Chile, one of the best locations for astronomers to observe the universe.

Featuring introductions by BALTIC Curator Alessandro Vincentelli and Chilean- British artist Enrique Azocar.

Sunday 8 June 2014 / 19.30 / £5 & £3.50 concession
Star & Shadow Cinema / Book: tickets on door

An informal and eclectic programme of screenings specially programmed in connection to the exhibition They Used to Call it the Moon, at BALTIC’s Project Space, BALTIC 39. Expect everything from sci-fi nostalgia, educational animation, hoax footage and more. Check the website for more details.

Thursday 12 June 2014 / 18.30 bus departs BALTIC, Gateshead
£25 / £20 concessions including return transport and stargazing picnic

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BALTIC takes you on mind-expanding tour of the Universe under the darkest skies in England. You will be shown around Kielder Observatory, gently lit with red lights so you can keep your adapted night vision. You will learn how the telescopes work and what goes on at the UK’s top astronomical observatory. If it’s dark enough and clear, you can use the telescopes to observe everything from the planets of our Solar System, all the way out to galaxies millions of light years away.

Guided by an astronomy-only laser pen you can learn how to navigate the night sky, using constellations like a map to find more distant objects such as the Andromeda Galaxy which you can see with the naked eye.  This special event will be hosted by Gary Fildes FRAS, inspirational Founder Director of Kielder Observatory and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. Gary is incredible at understanding and explaining the night sky and has an infectious passion for all things celestial. You can gaze up in wonder, and enjoy your star gazing picnic with a nice big mug of hot coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

18.30   Bus departs from BALTIC, Gateshead
00.30   Drop off in Newcastle and Gateshead

Thursday 19 June 2014 / 10.30–20.00 / FREE
BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne

Eventbrite - Moon Rocks and Space Maps / Science Fiction and Off World Urbanism


Hands on demonstration and discussion with local experts looking at two exceptional collections of meteorites and astronomical maps and charts.

George Wake has spent much of his working life developing a passion for biology and geology: working in laboratories, researching plants for dementia treatments, developing biofuel feedstock processes, travelling the globe, winning prizes.  Now retired, George has developed an interest in the geologies of other worlds which he will share in an informal discussion and hands on demonstration of his extensive collection of meteorites.

Paul Gailiunas is Chairman of The Lit & Phil, Newcastle, a position he has held since 2011. He has a degree in Natural Sciences, and for most of his career he taught Chemistry at a local High School. Since taking early retirement seven years ago he has had more time to spend on his varied interests: bookbinding, singing, local history, and the Lit & Phil. Every year he contributes to Bridges, an international conference devoted to mathematics and the arts.


Current challenges of climate change, constrained resources and changes to global infrastructure have led today’s scientific and cultural thinkers to look further afield for solutions. Adam Stock, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Newcastle University, and Simon Marvin, Professor in the Department of Geography, Durham University, will  discuss their research into actual and fictional responses to current developments, both on and off-world.

Adam Stock joined Newcastle University as Post-Doctoral Research Associate in October 2012, having previously been a postdoctoral tutor at Durham University. Adam’s interests lie in utopian and dystopian fiction, as well as the history of political thought, critical theory, cultural history, science fiction, visual culture, modernism and modernity. His current research addresses the relationship between the visual arts and science fiction from the postwar era to the present.

Simon Marvin is a Professor in the Department of Geography in Durham University. Simon joined Durham University in 2012 and is the Carillion Chair of Low Carbon Cities and Deputy Director of Durham Energy Institute. Simon is an expert on the changing relations between cities, regions and infrastructure networks in a period of resource constraint, institutional restructuring and climate change.

FILM: SEPIDEH – Reaching for the Stars
Tuesday 24 June 2014 / 18:00
Tyneside Cinema / Book:
Dir. Berit Madsen. 2010. Persian & English. 90 min.

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Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. She spends her nights exploring the secrets of the universe, while her family will do anything to keep her on the ground. The expectations for a young Iranian woman are very different from Sepideh’s ambitions, and her plans to go to university are in danger. But Sepideh holds onto her dream, takes up the fight, and teams up with the world’s first female space tourist, Anousheh Ansari.

Thursday 26 June 2014 / 18.30 / FREE
BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne

Eventbrite - Meeting Place: Dr. Peter Edwards and Fiona Crisp

Meeting Place is a regular series of informal exchanges and conversations, held at BALTIC 39. These intimate Salon-style discussions are interdisciplinary and designed to explore the ways artists collaborate with experts in the fields of science, the environment, health and medicine to generate new research and artwork. Developed by BALTIC Professor of Contemporary Art, Christine Borland and BALTIC Curator of Exhibitions & Research, Alessandro Vincentelli.

Artist Fiona Crisp has for many years been concerned with the photographic object as an unstable and deeply equivocal phenomenon. In recent years Crisp has been developing a dialogue with fundamental scientists regarding the visualisation of concepts and data that challenge the limits of our imaginative capacity.

Fiona Crisp will be joined by Dr. Pete Edwards, who has helped facilitate her access to sites where both experimental and theoretical physics/cosmology are carried out; these have included CERN in Geneva as well as the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation and the COSMA super computer, both at Durham University. Dr. Edwards is an experienced science communicator who co-ordinates the outreach programme of the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at Durham University, UK. The programme’s primary focus is to explain the department’s research to wider audiences, and to describe how science contributes important technical and cultural benefits to our modern society.

Friday 27 June 2014/ 14.30–16.30 / FREE
BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne

Eventbrite - Round Table: Alessandro Vincentelli & Nicola Triscott

BALTIC Curator Alessandro Vincentelli will be joined by Nicola Triscott Director of The Arts Catalyst, an organisation distinguished for their ambitious artists’ commissions that experimentally and critically engage with science, and artist Helen Schell, who will discuss her collaborations in astrophysics and cosmology and her role as Space Ambassador for ESERO-UK. The discussion will look at the dialogues surrounding They Used to Call it the Moon and the recent exhibition and publication from The Arts Catalyst, Manifesto for a Republic of the Moon. 

Nicola Triscott, Director of The Arts Catalyst, is a cultural producer and writer, specializing in the intersections between art, science, technology and society. Nicola has curated numerous exhibitions and events. She also lectures and publishes internationally, including books on art and technology in the Arctic, art and space, and ecological art.

Helen Schell has worked on art projects inspired by space exploration and science of the cosmos for seven years. Often in collaboration with scientists, these projects take the form of art installations and education projects created under the auspices of Space Agency. In 2013, Schell became an ESERO-UK Space Ambassador (education wing of European Space Agency), to promote space science through art. Schell recently exhibited at The NewBridge Project, Vane and Globe Gallery in Newcastle. Her popular workshops have been presented at the London Science Museum, British Science Festival, The Arts Catalyst, World Monument Fund, and in many schools and science festivals.

Saturday 28 June 2014 / 15:00 – 17:00
Tyneside Cinema, Digital Lounge / Tickets £4. Book:
Karen Mirza & Brad Butler, scripted in collaboration with author China Miéville. 47 min.

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The film takes its title from the Turkish term ‘Derin Devlet’, meaning ‘state within the state’. This shadowy nexus of special interests and covert relationships is the place where real power is said to reside, and where fundamental decisions are made – decisions that often run counter to the outward impression of democracy.

The influence of this deep state is glimpsed at regular points throughout the film – most clearly surfacing in its responses to popular protest, and in legislated acts of violence and containment, but also reverberating, deeper down, in a counter-language to that of popular revolt, in which a police charge, a baton attack, a pepper spray, assassinations provoke, and respond to, a raised fist, a thrown rock, a crowd surge, an occupation.

A powerful undertow in the ongoing tide of history, this push and pull of competing forces is illuminated in a vivid montage of newly filmed and archive footage. Collided together, past, present and future trace a continuum, in which patterns start to recur. A ‘riotonaut’ time-travels through momentous demonstrations, passing through the holes punched in history by uprisings. On a moonscape, confronted with a picket that becomes a riot, an ur-dictator, personification of the Deep State, blurts stupefying, hot-air abstractions of neo-liberalism.

Following the screening Mirza and Butler will be joined by Stephen Graham, Professor of Cities and Society at the Global Urban Research Unit and is based in Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. Graham has published widely on how technology, militarism and new security politics are changing urban life. His best-known books are ‘Splintering Urbanism’ (with Simon Marvin) and ‘Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism’, which traces the spread of political violence through the sites, spaces, infrastructure and symbols of the world’s rapidly expanding metropolitan areas, from the slums of the global South to the wealthy financial centres of the West. His next book, due out through verso in 2015, will be about the politics of vertical geographies in cities and beyond.

‘Deep State’ is commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella. Funded by Arts Council England and London Councils. Courtesy of Waterside Contemporary, London and Galerie Non, Istanbul.

This event forms part of Film and Video Umbrella’s anniversary programme of screenings and special events ’25 Frames’.