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Cosmokinetic Cabinet Noordung was a theatre group lead by Dragan Živadinov, one of the founders of Neue Slowenische Kunst (1985). He founded Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre in 1984 and in the years 1985–1986 directed a number of cult performances (Hinkemann, Marija Nablocka, Baptism Under Triglav). After the self-destruction of Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre, the Red Pilot Cosmokinetic Theatre was founded in 1987, which evolved into the Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet. In the 1990s Živadinov dedicated himself to telecosmism and telelogy, and together with Dunja Zupančič and Miha Turšič initiated the project Noordung 1995:2045, Biomechatronic projectile, which is engaged in research into post-gravitational art. The first Noordung show, One Versus One, opened on 20 April 1995 with the intention that a re-staging will take place every 10 years, the next show being on 20 April 2015, and the final one taking place on 20 April 2045.
On 15 December 1999 Gravitation Zero – Noordung Biomechanics, the first theatre performance in alternating-microgravity conditions was staged in a IL-76MDK flying laboratory in Russia. The performance was executed in a set of two parabolic flights of 10 parabolas, with a total of 16 audience members and 7 participating actors. The project had a specially designed set, audience seats and a 4 channel soundtrack that was transmitted wirelessly.
The performance was based on the conflict of the body and bone transformation in microgravity and the Herman Potočnik Noordung 1929 book The Problem of Space Travel – The Rocket Motor (Das Problem der Befahrung des Weltraum – der Raketen-Motor). The director of the performance was Dragan Živadinov, set design Staša Zupančič and Andraž Torkar, costume design Dunja Zupančič, flight director: Marko Peljhan. The flight coordinators on the CPK side were Collonels Viktor Ren and Alexander Grekov, on-board safety officer was Capt.Vladimir Stepanov. The performances and the flights lasted for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Postgravityart: Fifty-year theatre performance. Noordung 1995::2045, Dragan Živadinov, Dunja Zupančič, Miha Turšič “with the help of high-technology tools and the logic of Suprematism and Constructivism, are engaged into research of postgravity art.” With cosmokinetic blank-body directing they produce telelogical mechatronic machines, biomechatronics and art satellites – umbots. In 1995, they began the 50-year theatre projectile NOORDUNG 1995::2045. The opening performance, featuring fourteen actresses and actors, took place in Ljubljana at 10 p.m. on 20 April 1995. Five repeat performances are planned over the next 50 years. Should one of the actors die, he or she will be replaced by a remote-controlled sign; male actors and their lines will be substituted by rhythm, while female actresses and their lines will be substituted by melody.
The first repeat performance took place at 10 p.m. on 20 April 2005 inside the model of the International Space Station (ISS) in the hydro-laboratory at Star City, Moscow. The following repeat performances will take place on the same day and at the same time in the years 2015, 2025, 2035 and 2045! During the fifth and last repeat performance, scheduled for 20 April 2045, Dragan Živadinov, a candidate cosmonaut since 1998 (Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Star City), will use a spacecraft to convey 14 satellites / umbots into geostationary orbit, from where they will transmit signals to Earth representing the roles played by deceased actors, while at the same time sending high-resolution 3D syntapiens projections of their faces into deep space.
• left: On 15 December 1999 Gravitation Zero – Noordung Biomechanics, the first theatre performance in alternating-microgravity conditions was staged in a IL-76MDK flying laboratory in Russia. The performance was executed in a set of two parabolic flights of 10 parabolas, with a total of 16 audience members and 7 participating actors. The project had a specially designed set, audience seats and a 4 channel soundtrack that was transmitted wirelessly.
• Installation views of Postgravityart at locations around the world.