Incubating Space Shelter Earth
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In June 2023, during the four days (22-25) of their Maison Malina Residency in the near suburb of Paris, Annick Bureaud and Marcus Neustetter sketched the main guidelines of the Space Shelter Earth project and its formats.
Beside the many notes and a first written presentation of the project, they came up with two outcomes: the so-called “Octopus” Leporello that are Marcus Neustetter’s visual notes and an “activation” of it through its reading in a video telling the story of their ideas and some of the many understandings of the project.
Marcus Neustetter’s visual notes from the discussions with Annick Bureaud during the Incubation Residency.
Reading the images from the “octopus” Leporello and telling the story of Space Shelter Earth in its early stage. Video 20’36”
Space Shelter Earth is a process and evolving outcomes
Space Shelter Earth aims to collectively build a shelter in the form of a flexible and modular installation that is the host for experiencing content either in a stand alone or hybrid activated manner. Its content deals with, and intends to unfold, what a shelter in space could be, in a dialogic relation to Earth.
Space Shelter Earth considers a critical and poetic alternative to space stations and habitats. Departing from historical and current proposals of all sorts within and outside the frame of the Space Sector, the project is based on a series of research and co-production studio sessions distributed over the two hemispheres that explore where different perspectives, disciplines and
experiments might take us.
By including diverse perspectives from the everyday lived-experience on Earth as a critical point of reflection we are reminded that during the scientific, technological and economic pursuit to understand and occupy space, there are unheard voices in the shadows of the mega-projects that present both potential untapped visions and reconnect us with the vulnerability of our current earthly conditions.
It sits in-between the individual and the collective, the inside and the outside, the rational and the emotive, between the Earth and the Elsewhere, between the practical and the imaginary.
The installation Space Shelter Earth: evolving, modular, adaptable and ready for activation
The installation is modular: it can be adapted to various sizes of rooms and venues. It is composed of a foldable structure made out of various materials with surfaces that can be transparent or opaque in order to become projection surfaces and be activated through programmed or live content.
It includes: still images; moving images to be projected onto the installation structure surfaces, on small screens displayed within or as part of the structure (such as iPad or cell phones), or on the surrounding walls; objects hosted in, around or next to the structure; text fragments printed or projected onto elements of the structure; sound elements.
Low tech, high tech, no tech, the Shelter installation embraces the digital and the analog, machine-made and hand human-made creative elements.
Beyond the installation, Space Shelter Earth offers:
– Imaginary Futures live online and on site performances using the installation as a center piece
– workshops with artists, theoreticians, engineers and scientists
– an exhibition of documents and objects from our Collective Creative Sessions and potentially some other artworks by Marcus Neustetter
– lecture/presentation by Marcus Neustetter and Annick Bureaud, open to other speakers.
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