2016 October 21 / 14:30 - 2016 October 21 / 15:00
Round Table
Ralo Mayer

Ralo Mayer
E.T.E. — Extra-Terrestrial Ecologies, the Undergrowth
FRI, 21.10.16 | 2pm

On September 26, 1991, eight crewmembers began their mission inside the closed ecosystem Biosphere 2 near Oracle, Arizona. Their goals: exploring global ecological relations and testing future life in space. Celebrating the experiment’s twenty-fifth anniversary, I present an illustrated story about ecology and space.
Unreliable synopsis: E.T., in drag as post-Soviet consultant and blaring Nirvana’s just-released Nevermind, arrives in the Sonoran Desert to help out the Biospherians with a staged reading of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. Liberal Martian organic-potato farmer Matt Damon talks to Donald Trump's campaign chief about his Biosphere 2 takeover. (Steve Jobs like  ̄\_(ツ)_/ ̄, Joan Baez ♫). William Burroughs and Bucky Fuller hack redwood and Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” and psychedelic microdosing becomes Silicon Valley’s hot new business trip. In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni, aka De revolutionibus orbium coelestium—now solar-powered!


Ralo Mayer is an artist based in Vienna. His artistic investigations delineate ecologies of contemporary history linking the past, future, and today’s science fiction. Based on a practice of extensive performative research, he creates multilayered storytelling settings in installations, videos, performances, and texts. From 2003 to 2008, Mayer was a founding fellow at the self-organized Manoa Free University and started the continuing project HOW TO DO THINGS WITH WORLDS. Since 2007, he has worked on transmedia translations of the imaginary novel The Ninth Biospherian. He has presented his work at international exhibitions, film festivals, and conferences, and he teaches in the Department of Site-Specific Art. His PhD-in-Practice project Space UnSettlements traces the interrelations of real and speculative scenarios of life in space and on Earth.

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