Saturday, June 27, 2015

Laika's Lullaby (Julia Oldham with Lindsay Keast)

In the animated piece Laika’s Lullaby, I work with musician Lindsay Keast to tell the tragic story of the Soviet space dog Laika, who in 1957 became one of the first animals to be launched into space, her small form orbiting the earth for only a few hours before her death. The video chronicles the events of her one way flight.

This piece was premiered at the Portland Pataphysical Society in Portland, OR, as a part of my solo exhibition Farewell, Brave Voyager. Jeff Jahn of PORT wrote "Julia Oldham's Farewell Brave Voyager at the Portland Pataphysical Society may be the most emotionally demanding exhibition one will see in Portland all year. It is easily the strongest solo show on view at the moment, presenting a tale of science, sacrifice and a compelling combination of whimsy laced with a lethal dose of tragedy." Read the entire review here.

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