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Barbara King

space art and space science researcher, media producerat University of Cape Town
Outside the Space Lab at Univ. of Cape Town, So. Africa
Peachtree City,
United States
Focus area: Art Theory, Critical Theory

As a Space Artist using traditional and digital media, Barbara’s research details the polymathic intersection between space art and space science, and the designing of satellite missions to include smart art, alongside a robust agenda of social/cultural benefits. She aligns with those at the forefront of establishing best practices in art within a global context on and off-world.
For thirty years Barbara’s documentaries and films of a social/historic/artistic nature aired across the African continent. She has curated, exhibited, and lectured on Human Rights Artists in North America, Europe, and Africa, and was the first non-African to be invited to exhibit at the Timbuktu Municipal Gallery, in Mali, at the turn millennium 2000.
Barbara gave interventions at the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Geneva, on behalf of Indigenous Artists and Democracy Watch in South Africa. Further, she has presented lectures at the New York Commission of the Status of Women Conferences in 2021-2023.
Currently, she is active within the International Astronautical Federation’s technical Committee for the Cultural Utilization of Space (ITACCUS), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the International Association of Astronomic Artists, (IAAA) and the Lifeboat Foundation communities. Barbara has presented at the poster session IAC 2011, and was invited to present at the IAF’s 2021 conference in Paris, has been published on The South African National Space Agency website, in Leonardo, and Springer, and has both presented at conferences, and been published by the AIAA, and Space Renaissance International.

Journal Articles:
Special Section: Science and Art: Understanding the Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue

Karel Nel and COSMOS: A Far-Reaching Artist-in-Residence Collaboration

February 2022