The Future Light Cone, 2022
VIDEO ● 6 TAPESTRIES ● 12 DRAWINGS ● TUNGSTEN CUBE ● MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATION
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"The Future Light Cone" constitutes a multimedia installation developed along three complementary axes:
The Language Axis: The public discourse surrounding space exploration, particularly since 2016 and centered in Silicon Valley, adopts a language that resonates with narratives and imagery reminiscent of colonialism. This linguistic choice has tangible repercussions on current political and economic conditions on Earth. The installation questions whether it is conceivable to forge a new anti-colonial language to discuss space exploration and explores the potential role of feminism in shaping such a discourse.
The World or Landscape Axis: Both in scientific discourse and science fiction, space exploration tends to revolve around anthropocentric perspectives of worlds and landscapes. These realms are often portrayed as subjects to human agency, either being explored, conquered, terraformed, shaped, or unfortunately, destroyed. This installation challenges this anthropocentric bias, proposing a more inclusive approach where other worlds possess agency, demanding a dialogic relationship (as suggested by Haraway, 1991). It prompts reflection on whether we can recognize knowledge systems that exist beyond human cosmologies, thereby resisting the perpetuation of colonialist expansion logics.
The Ideology of Long Termism Axis: Endorsed by multimillionaire tech companies, long termism advocates for "space expansionism," asserting the imperative to "colonize our future light cone" as a means to evade existential risks on Earth. The concept of the future light cone refers to the theoretically accessible region of spacetime. Longtermists contend that within our future light cone lies an abundance of exploitable resources crucial for humanity's prosperity. This axis critically examines how this form of thinking aligns with emerging space economies, extractivism, and political ideologies.
Through these three axes, "The Future Light Cone" delves into the intricate intersections of language, worldview, and ideology in the discourse surrounding space exploration, inviting viewers to question established narratives and contemplate alternative perspectives.