Outer Space, Inner Minds

Outer Space, Inner Minds anthologyBig Skies Collaborator David Reiter‘s Outer Space, Inner Minds project has now been published as a digital anthology, although not, perhaps, as it was first imaged way back in 2018, that Time Before COVID. (See below).

In 2019, David’s independent publishing company, Interactive Publications, also published our first anthology, Dark Sky Dreamings: an Inland Skywriters Anthology

New poetry and prose works by many of the authors whose work appeared in Dark Sky Dreamings are also now included in Outer Space, Inner Minds, and a few new names have been added to the list of authors. Amongst them is astrophysicist Brad Tucker, from Mount Stromlo Observatory at the Australian National University, who contributed an inspiring foreword to this publication.

You’ll also read works by the following authors in Outer Space, Inner Minds: Alicia Sometimes, Andrew Hubbard, Anne Kellas, Bonney Bombach, Brydie O’Shea, David P Reiter, Earl Livings, Erina Booker, Estelle Owen, Garry Dean, Guy Salvidge, Jason Geller, Jayne Fenton Keane, Jeremy Roberts, Joe Pascoe, Kit Willett, LE Daniels, Libby Hathorn, Marion Wighton Packham, Mark Pirie, Mark Tredinnick, Noel Jeffs SSF, Pamela Schindler, Peter Cartwright, Rhonda Poholke, Richard James Allen, Rod Usher, Russell Darnley OAM, Sylvia Petter, Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya, Tom Bristow, Tony Steven Williams, Tracy Sorenson, and Val Clark.  Congratulations to you all.

Outer Space, Inner Minds and its sister volume, Dark Sky Dreamings, will be celebrated in Dubbo on 8 March 2021 as part of the Dubbo Fringe Festival, and launched by Clr Stephen Lawrence, Dubbo’s Acting Mayor. At least 10 of the Dark Sky Dreamings/Outer Space, Inner Minds contributors will be reading at this event. Press release here >>

MilroyObserGig-July2018-DSC035692018: Big Skies Collaborator David Reiter travelled our Inland Astro-Trail in July 2018 to research his forthcoming Big Skies project, Outer Space, Inner Thoughts, discuss his other projects, and meet local skywriters, astronomers and the general public in Armidale, Tamworth, Narrabri, Coonabarabran, Dubbo, Parkes, Condobolin and BathurstDavid’s itinerary  here >>

Photo above: David Reiter (left) with Gilgandra skywriter Daniel Pikering, astronomer Donna Burton, and Dubbo skywriter Yvette Aubusson-Foley at Milroy Observatory, Coonabarabran.

Proposal by Dr David Reiter 

DavidReiter2018_sml[Draft v. 15 June 2018] In this collaboration with the Skywriters Project, I’ll undertake a multi-phased work to explore how the visible and invisible universes surrounding us inspire creative thought and expression. I’ll compose several projects over two years, including a digital narrative in the mode of my recent work Timelord Dreaming, a web-based interactive work along the lines of the My Planets Reunion Memoir, the winner of a 2016 WA Premier’s Award. This new project will produce a 3D immersive work in collaboration with Skywriter creatives. It will include dance, music and visual arts and will either be produced at a part of a QUT Cube Studio project or in with a specialist at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), where I have already had two Leighton Studio residencies.

In Phase 1, I’ll visit Skywriters Project localities along the Inland Astro-Trail to interview participants. I’ll ask them open-ended questions about how they relate to matter (both known and projected) beyond Earth and how their interest in aspects of cosmology, influences their lives and their creative work. The interviews will be recorded, and, with the images and video sequences I shoot at various sites along the astro-trail, will provide real and imagined context for the interviewees’ words.

In Phase 2, I’ll edit, select and respond to the resource material gathered in Phase 1 in a fanzine mode, using interviewees’ words as the springboard for micro-texts to create a hybrid interactive work. All recorded material will be archived for possible use in spin-off projects.

In Phase 3, I’ll collaborate with 3D and web designers to create an immersive interactive work which can have spin-offs in dance, theatre, music – live and/or online. Possible elements could include 3D avatars that respond to browser/visitor questions in real time. Or viewer-driven pathways through the real and constructed spaces of a 3D world.

© David Reiter 2018

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Credit: top image from David Reiter’s My Planets Reunion Memoir.

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