11.6.15 - 12.12.15

Josh Thorud, Abbey Lee Sarver, Amanda Baldwin, Zac Monday, Cauleen Smith, Christopher Kardambikis, Matthew Warren, Jon-Phillip Sheridan, and Tyler McPhee. 

Curated by Claire Zitzow and Dana Ollestad. 

In July of 2015, the NASA satellite New Horizons imaged Pluto in an unprecedentedly close flyby. Mankind’s knowledge of what the Pluto system is will expand exponentially and yield exciting discoveries over the next days, months, and years. The fastest spacecraft ever launched, New Horizons has traveled more than nine years and three billion miles to reach its primary target. An entity of science fiction is being ushered into the realm of science, the mysterious is being made known, and another frontier is being surveyed. Will this be considered a "landmark" moment in history? What does this matter to us considering our current state of social and environmental affairs? Economic, racial, and personal inequality and injustice run rampant, wars continue to be waged, and this monumental achievement is steamrolled by normalcy.

Sediment Arts’ invitational art exhibition To: Pluto is organized under this theme of historic exploration, expanded understandings, and loss of innocence. The artists in the exhibition work through various mediums and across platforms, with diverse perspectives on environmental, social, and technological issues relevant to society today. Their work speaks to relationships with Pluto or other planetary bodies including our own, to the human longing that comes with distant and detached explorations of intangible objects, as well as the role of speculation and scientific discovery in defining what is within or without our physical world and imagination.




Lisa Messeri and Thomas Stanley

Sediment is excited to continue the To: Pluto exhibition by hosting Lisa Messeri, Ph.D. and Thomas Stanly, Ph.D. who will each give a lecture that looks at the intersection of science, fiction, and culture. Thomas Stanley will perform an experimental noise set after the lectures.

Lectures begin at 7:00pm
Performance at 8:30pm

Lisa Messeri, Ph.D. is an anthropologist and historian of science and technology. Her research examines the role of place in scientific practice. She is an Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia.

Thomas Stanley, PhD is an Ethonomusicologist, Cultural Theorist, and Sun Ra historian. He is an Assistant Professor of African and African American studies at George Mason University.



In conjunction with the To: Pluto exhibition, Sediment issued a call for sound works and music that respond to the subject of the exhibition and the themes surrounding it. To address the time duration of the New Horizons’ flight from Earth to Pluto of 9 years, 5 months and 25 days, all submissions are 9 minutes, 5 seconds, and 25 milliseconds long (or very close).

Submissions curated by Gary Stevens, Dana Ollestad, and Claire Zitzow. Six pieces will be selected for an official low-run cassette release by Sediment.

The tape will be released on the December 4th closing event. The online compilation is available for $9 HERE.