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E.T.E. — Extra-Terrestrial Ecologies, the Undergrowth

Together with Claudia Slanar I have organized the symposium “Propulsion: On Changing Futures” at the Department of Site-Specific Art, University of Applied Arts Vienna.
See the full program and details here.

Along fabulous presentations by Alice Gorman, Douglas Murphy, Vera Tollmann and Saskia Vermeylen, I talked about E.T.E. — Extra-Terrestrial Ecologies, the Undergrowth.


E.T.E. — Extra-Terrestrial Ecologies, the Undergrowth

On September 26, 1991, eight crewmembers began their mission inside the closed ecosystem Biosphere 2 near Oracle, Arizona. Their goals: exploring global ecological relations and testing future life in space. Celebrating the experiment’s twenty-fifth anniversary, I present an illustrated story about ecology and space.
Unreliable synopsis: E.T., in drag as post-Soviet consultant and blaring Nirvana’s just-released Nevermind, arrives in the Sonoran Desert to help out the Biospherians with a staged reading of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. Liberal Martian organic-potato farmer Matt Damon talks to Donald Drumpf’s campaign chief about his Biosphere 2 takeover. (Steve Jobs like ̄\_(ツ)_/ ̄, Joan Baez ♫). William Burroughs and Bucky Fuller hack redwood and Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” and psychedelic microdosing becomes Silicon Valley’s hot new business trip. In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni, aka De revolutionibus orbium coelestium—now solar-powered!


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