The Future Light Cone, 2022
MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATION ● 6 TAPESTRIES ● 12 DRAWINGS ● VIDEO ● TUNGSTEN CUBE
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The Future Light Cone is a multimedia installation developed in three complementary axes.The language. The public discourse about the exploration of space from 2016 onward with its epicenter in Silicon Valley, adapts a language that evokes narratives and imaginaries of colonialism. This language affects the present political and economical conditions on planet Earth. Could we think of a new anti-colonial language to talk about space exploration? What role could feminism play in that?
The world or the landscape. In both science and science fiction space exploration evolves around anthropocentric views of the worlds and the landscapes. Worlds that are being explored, conquered, terraformed, shaped or destroyed with the human agency, which is repeatedly and exclusively placed in the foreground. Other worlds may have agency with "whom we must learn to converse" (Haraway, 1991). Observing other worlds with care could work against the reproduction of colonialist logics of expansion. Are we able to discern knowledge systems that exist outside of human cosmologies?
The ideology of long termism. Embraced and supported by multimillionaire tech companies, long termism gives precedence to „space expansionism” emphasizing the necessity to “colonize our future light cone” in order to escape existential risks on earth. The term future light cone refers to the region of spacetime that is theoretically accessible to us. According to longtermists, our future light cone contains a huge quantity of exploitable resources that humanity must exploit for its own prosperity. How is this kind of thinking getting in line with emerging space economies, extractivism and political views?