Rob’s newsletter for 2016

News From Rob La Frenais

Space Without Rockets! Future of Transportation
2015 ended with a gentle lift as Tomas Saraceno’s Aerocene/Space Without Rockets project took off in El Paso and White Sands New Mexico, organised by Rob with Kerry Doyle, Director of the Rubin Center, University of Texas at El Paso. You can read more about it here:

Rob also instigated and helped run the Future of Transportation Interim Programme at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, in December. You can read more about this here:
You can also follow the facebook group Future of Transportation for news on the development of this project.

Coming next: Exoplanet Lot
In Spring 2016, Rob will co-curate the Exoplanet Lot residency and exhibition with Martine Michard, Director of the Maison Des Arts Georges Pompidou, in the spectacular Lot Valley in SW France. This will be a site-specific science, art and technology exhibition, in which the environment of the valley is imagined by the curators as an alternative earth-like planet, one where infrastructure developed by an intelligent species has evolved in a similar but different way to that on Earth. How would this civilisation organise things differently from the large-scale industrialisation of planet Earth and guarantee sustainability for this species and its environment?
It follows on from the Raumlabor Berlin Lotville project in 2015 seen here:

Artists and writers include Tania Candiani, Hehe, Tracey Warr, Nahum Mantra, Thomas Lasbouyges, Caroline Le Méhauté, Angelika Markul, Ludwig Passenau and Aleksandra Mir (TBC).

Note for your diary! Opening July 2 2016 at 19.00. Contact Rob on if you are planning to attend.

No Such Thing As Gravity.
Rob will curate this major season at FACT Liverpool, opening in Liverpool UK, which will be both a serious and provocative investigation by artists and scientists into the limits of scientific knowledge. Opening in November 2016, details will shortly be available: More details from

Rob is continuing to move towards making public a living archive about Performance Magazine, the 80’s cultural journal which he founded and edited. You can join the facebook group called Performance Magazine 1979-92 for news on developments. Rob continues to write regularly for Art Monthly, where he has recently written a feature on the Science Museum’s Cosmonauts. He also contributes to: He continues to give lectures internationally and is always happy to speak at educational institutions and arts venues on the above projects.

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