Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


ARCHIVE AD ASTRA Exhibition at Yuri's Night London

10 May 2024, 6:30 pm–9:30 pm

Ad Astra exhibition

You are invited to a special evening viewing of the exhibition ARCHIVE AD ASTRA at Yuri's Night London on Friday, May 10, which will also mark the final chance to see the exhibition before it closes.

Event Information

Open to





Adryon Kozel


​​​​​​​Dockside Vaults,
Ivory House,

Tickets: £8 (students), £14 (general admission) available here: http://yurisnight.net/london/tickets


Yuri's Night is organised by the nonprofit organisation SpaceKind Foundation, which organises grassroots parties around the world each year in celebration of spaceflight achievements and the power of space to inspire, educate, and create community. The upcoming London event, hosted at Dockside Vaults near Tower Bridge, is focused on building British space community between students, scientists, artists, engineers, industry professionals, and other space enthusiasts. ARCHIVE AD ASTRA will be on display from 18:30 to 21:30, while the wider party will continue on until 00.30. 

Due to venue restrictions, this event is 18+ only. All ticket sales go to supporting SpaceKind Foundation programmes. For more information, please see yurisnight.net


ARCHIVE AD ASTRA: Objects of Space Enthusiasm is an ethnographic exhibition of the personal belongings of the space community, led by Adryon Kozel, a PhD candidate in Anthropology, and co-curated with their research participants from different space communities in the US and Europe. The exhibition forms an integral part of their doctoral research as a member of the ERC-funded project ETHNO-ISS.

ARCHIVE AD ASTRA explores at its heart how 'enthusiasm' can be conceptualised as a social, vital energy that can be circulated between people, place, and things, and materialised through personal belongings. 

The exhibition offers answers to how one incorporates outer space into everyday life, by centring mundane yet precious objects which embody, represent, and facilitate dreams, beliefs, and experiences which bring space and possible futures closer to home. Collectively, these objects provide a kaleidoscopic, fragmented, incomplete, and messy glimpse into the material, embodied practices of cultivating a sense of self in relation to the space community and the universe.

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The ARCHIVE AD ASTRA exhibition and events series is funded by the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies Octagon Small Grants Fund, which supports interdisciplinary research led by UCL graduate students and early-career researchers.

Any questions please email Adryon at adryon.kozel.18@ucl.ac.uk