GO or NO GO? Special event curated by Goshka Macuga and Ariane Koek

Thursday 25 May 2023


Thursday 25 May at 17.00 in the Sala Altana, Palazzo Strozzi hosts GO or NO GO?, a special event dedicated to the themes of the large installation GONOGO by artist Goshka Macuga on show in the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi as part of the exhibition Reaching for the Stars. The meeting proposes a panel of experts from various disciplines to reflect together on the idea of the future and the relationship between humanity, the earth and space, addressing the ongoing cultural and technological transformations connected to space travel from a scientific, anthropological and economic perspective.

The event is curated by artist Goshka Macuga and author and curator Ariane Koek, founder of Arts at CERN, dedicated to the relationship between art, technology and science at the world’s largest particle physics laboratory outside Geneva. Participants in the panel discussion include: Jane Davies, a space and digital anthropologist trained at University College London, and researcher in the field of 3D printing in low Earth orbit, Mattia Pianorsi (SDA Bocconi School of Management and Space Economy Evolution Laboratory), an expert in economics and business models in the space sector, Nicole Viola, professors of Aerospace System Design (Politecnico di Torino) and director of the SEEDS Master’s programme, SpacE Exploration and Development Systems, Luca Parmitano, astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA).

The event will be held in English with simultaneous translation into Italian available for participants. Participation is free of charge with compulsory booking.

The initiative is organised by Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in collaboration with Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and is realised thanks to the support of Gruppo Beyfin S.p.A.


The title of the work and the encounter (GONOGO) alludes to the “go/no go” verification process that precedes an aerospace launch. The installation in the courtyard is conceived as an engine for reflection on our complicated relationship with the future of the planet and the idea of an overcoming of terrestrial life. 

The work, commissioned by Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and whose final destination is the Venetian site on the island of San Giacomo, expands on an interactive digital platform that helps trigger new ways of reflecting on the themes and references the work explores. The content will create an archive, accessible to the public, that will offer interactive features and educational materials. The same platform will also host a collaborative project in which other artists, scholars and scientists are invited to participate.

The meeting GO or NO GO? will extend the reflections of the artist’s work on a dialogical level through the accounts of some experts.