Terra fiction

Miha Turšič of Waag is one of the speakers/panelists at the Coded Matter(s) Terra Fiction event on 27 September 2018.

The idea of terraformation was once the domain of writers and artists. We’re entering a new space race to colonise and terraform the universe. Silicon Valley companies like SpaceX, Google and Planetary Resources are in the front seat. As we edge closer towards inevitable environmental collapse these big tech companies are scrambling to colonise new habitable worlds on distant planets. By shooting a cherry-red Tesla car into space, they shape the future narrative of man in space. But what are we leaving behind on Earth? If today’s technological leaps aren’t improving our natural environments than what legacy will we inherit in worlds abroad?

At Coded Matter(s): Terra Fiction FIBER and De Brakke Grond invite speakers working in the fields of art, literature, science, design and digital culture to reassess man’s future relationship with the earth and the cosmos. Today, visionary artists and researchers are turning back to our earth to imagine futures that position humans and our technologies inside a more balanced ecology. Our programme presents alternative perspectives of what this future could look like. Speculative designers, art-scientists and writers will share their research and evolving ideas to challenge the big-tech model.


About Terra Fiction

Terra Fiction is the second installment of FIBER’s ongoing Coded Matter(s): Worldbuilding project. These lecture events question the design of contemporary world visions and technological narratives, which are contributing to greater socio-economic inequality and environmental destruction.

About Miha Turšič

Can we learn about ourselves by studying outer space? Miha is project developer at Waag and works on the ongoing research in which the Waag is exploring human outer space activities. Specifically the potential of life on other planets is explored from a social, ecological and ethical perspective, and not just the technological.

Miha is an artist, designer and researcher dedicated to the questions of art, design and humanities in outer space for more than ten years. He designed objects in reference to human condition in outer space, developing post-gravitational art and artistic satellites, founded Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies, an institution with dedicated cultural space programme and actively developing cooperations between space and art institutions in Europe, Russia, United States and China.

This edition is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, The New Institute, Waag, and Border Sessions.


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