»Planetary Echoes. Exploring the Implications of Human Settlement in Space«
Moderator: Lukas Feireiss
Participants: Nelly Ben Hayoun, Xavier De Kestelier, Michael Najjar, Tim Smit
The discussion will be in English | Admission free | Please register via e-mail.
On occasion of the exhibition Planetary Echoes by Michael Najjar, the interdisciplinary panel discussion of the same name, addresses the vision of building a solar civilization by colonizing other moons and planets in the arts, fiction and science at the beginning of the 21st century. It thereby attempts to interweave the discourse into the very fabric of contemporary society, and aims at connecting artistic practices with the abstract theoretic sciences on an international level.
Nelly Ben Hayoun, Experience Designer
Nelly Ben Hayoun (NBH) Studios designs extremes experiences for you to become an astronaut in your living room while dark energy is being created in your kitchen sink and a volcano erupts on your couch. Ben Hayoun is a critical explorer, and a fearless and passionate provocateur. She assembled the International Space Orchestra (ISO) – the world first orchestra of space scientists and astronauts at NASA.
Lukas Feireiss, Curator
Lukas Feireiss works as curator, writer and art director in the international mediation of contemporary cultural reflexivity beyond disciplinary boundaries. Lukas Feireiss is author and editor of numerous books, and curator of manifold exhibitions. He has lectured and taught at various universities worldwide, and is head of the new Master’s programme Radical Cut-Up at Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam.
Xavier De Kestelier, Architect
Xavier De Kestelier is Principal and Head of Design Technology and Innovation at HASSELL. He previously co-Headed the Specialist Modelling Group at Foster+Partners where he lead several projects with both ESA and NASA. The research was focussed on how Moon and Mars Habitats could be 3D printed with local regolith.
Michael Najjar, Artist
In his latest work internationally renown German artist Michael Najjar focuses on the idea of exploration and of future human settlements in space. His photo- and videographic compositions capture echoes of formal and thematic similarities between other moons and planets in the solar system and our home planet.
With a background in Archeology and Anthropology as well as a career in the music industry, Sir Tim Smit is also Executive Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of the Eden Project in Cornwell, England. The Eden Project aims to educate people about environmental matters and consists of two biomes that contain different eco-climates; rainforest and Mediterranean.