What were Star Centos?
A cento is a literary work composed of quotations from other works. Star Centos was a virtual tour of the stars, created with the cooperation of the Adler Planetarium. The centos, written and performed by poets Keith S. Wilson and Cristina Correa, combined poetry that concerned itself with the mythological characters found in the constellations as well as science writings about the stars themselves.
Projections of the constellations (Andromeda, Cygnus, Medusa, and Orion) and the Milky Way Galaxy, where the tour took place, were projected in 360° on the Grainger Sky Theatre visualization dome. Further images for the projection were chosen from Adler Planetarium Collections.
The digital presentation/performance was created for Ekphest, a festival in celebration of ekphrastic art (art in response to other art forms) in partnership between nationally recognized Chicago poets and a number of participating Chicago museums and institutions.
Star Centos Credits
Created by Keith S. Wilson and Cristina Correa.
Event Coordinators: Fo Wilson and Krista Franklin
Special Thanks to: Julieta Aguilera and Kyle Sater