Thursday night over at New York Comic Con was a presentation from the company Audible about “Museum of Artemis” narrated by actress Rosario Dawson. Audible celebrated the upcoming November 14 exclusive release of the audiobook Artemis, a heist story set on the moon by “The Martian” author Andy Weir. It was a pretty cool interactive exhibition which
transports visitors to the world of Artemis, a near-future thriller set in the first city in the moon. The 23-foot lunar installation from British artist Luke Jerram which is on display in America for the first time ever. Suspended in the air above visitors, the multisensory art piece fuses NASA surface imagery and a surround-sound lunar-inspired musical accompaniment composed by Dan Jones.
Special guests and iconic Black nerds Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson and LeVar Burton were also in attendance of the event. Located at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan 1 PIER, Dawson read an excerpt from the book and shortly afterward mingled with guests and fans. Dawson spoke briefly about how important this story is and how also being the performer of the story how it’s important to have diversity and women of color behind the scenes.
Dawson says the following to the press:
“I want to be in the room. These kids are getting a chance to be in the room. We need to make sure that we’re out there. It’s incredibly important to have the access that we need the writers we need photographers we need DP’s we need the directors like we need these people to be telling their stories. We need to go across the board, like its great having actors, its great having musicians, but we also need to make sure that we’re out there, telling the stories, that we’re creating those stories and that we’re supporting those stories. You know what’s really amazing is that you get a whole other kind of experience working with a woman director is different than working with men, its just is. There’s a different vibe and a different energy created and there is a different conversation that’s just there. And there’s lot of stories to tell and we need to make sure there’s a space for that.”
Andy Weir’s The Museum of Artemis makes its way to audiobook November 14.
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Jamie Broadnax is the creator of the online publication and multimedia space for Black women called Black Girl Nerds. Jamie has appeared on MSNBC's The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and The Grio's Top 100. Her Twitter personality has been recognized by Shonda Rhimes as one of her favorites to follow. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association and executive producer of the Black Girl Nerds Podcast.