The Wire

The world's greatest print and online music magazine. Independent since 1982


Kaffe Matthews new three part work in Scottish forest, with space suits and star gazers

Spacesuits and slabs of oak make up a new work by composer and artist Kaffe Matthews, who's collaborated with textile artist and film maker Mandy McIntosh. The project, titled Yird Muin Starn (old Scots for Earth Moon Star), involves padded spacesuits for keeping warm, 'sky gazer' chairs for astronomical contemplation and a vinyl album of space inspired music composed by Matthews and lyrics by McIntosh.

The project is intended to encourage contemplation of the sky from the forest, where light pollution is at a minimum. The star gazing chairs are set up based on a Victorian astronomer chair at Greenwich observatory (10ft slabs of green oak embedded in the ground), designed for viewing the sky, and the space suits are designed to keep the observer warm, made from screen printed fabrics from materials used to clothe RAF pilots and NASA astronauts.

The project launches at Loch Dee by the White Laggan bothy in Galloway Forest in Scotland on 2 February, at which point the suits and seats (which are fixed in place) will be available to the public. More details here.