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!