Outer Space and the City : Provocations for the Urbanization of Space Technology

September 09,  2021

Alice Jarry and Philippe Vandal Participate on a Panel Discussion about the Urbanization of Space Technology during Les Rencontres Interdisciplinaires d’Hexagram and Ars Electronica.
The interactions between urban environments, technology, and communities are increasingly dependent upon space telecommunication infrastructures. However, these infrastructures are both out of sight and out of reach. What techniques can be deployed to assess, and subvert their materiality and socio-environmental impact? What kind of cohabitation strategies between citizens, artists, researchers, scientists, corporations, architects, and urbanists can initiate new forms of collective engagement and provoke new relations with the built environment? Departing from the premise that the right to the city is a fundamental human right, this roundtable aims to offer strategies to best exercise it in the context of the urbanization of space technology.

By engaging with the impact of planetary thinking at the urban level, it seeks to invent possibilities of aesthetic, ecological, and civic engagement that challenge the urban impact of space telecommunication infrastructures. It also seeks to develop modes of assessing and subverting such impact by engaging with the materialities these infrastructures enable and foreclose. Through case-studies and visual provocations, students and researchers will engage with the material forms that space technology takes in the city. Participants will discuss artistic, urban, and scientific projects to reflect on alien modes of aesthetic engagement and creative adaptation of the urban environment.

Individuals Involved :

Marie-Pier Boucher
Alice Jarry
Emiliano Gandolfi
Bernard Foing
Guillaume Pascale
Lee Wilkins
Philippe Vandal
Isabelle Boucher

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