MachineMachine /stream - tagged with space en-us LifePress <![CDATA[The Communal Mind · LRB 21 February 2019]]>

Afew​ years ago, when it suddenly occurred to us that the internet was a place we could never leave, I began to keep a diary of what it felt like to be there in the days of its snowy white disintegration, which felt also like the disintegration of my own mind. My interest was not academic.

Mon, 06 Jan 2020 19:34:09 -0800
<![CDATA[The racist language of space exploration | The Outline]]>

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence, head of the National Space Council, outlined plans for creating the “Space Force” that President Donald Trump envisions as a space-dedicated military branch, complete with space warfighters and weapons, by the year 2020.

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:06:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Sorry Elon Musk, but it's now clear that colonising Mars is unlikely – and a bad idea | The Independent]]>

Space X and Tesla founder Elon Musk has a vision for colonising Mars, based on a big rocket, nuclear explosions and an infrastructure to transport millions of people there. This was seen as highly ambitious but technically challenging in several ways.

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 18:22:29 -0700
<![CDATA[The Rich Are Planning to Leave This Wretched Planet - The New York Times]]>

Here comes private space travel — with cocktails, retro-futuristic Philippe Starck designs and Wi-Fi. Just $55 million a trip!

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 02:18:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Elon Musk and the Failure of Our Imagination in Space | The New Yorker]]>

Long before mastering the mechanics of spaceflight, men imagined sending other men into the cosmos.

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 02:18:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Space and myth in a body horror - Mythogeography]]>

It might seem strange that a mythogeographer would be very interested in an action-horror movie from 1982, panned at the time of its release and largely ignored by audiences.

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:50:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Why we need to stop talking about space as a frontier.]]>

On Sept. 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy addressed an audience of 35,000 people at Rice University in Houston and put forth his vision for sending an American to the moon before the end of the decade.

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:13:56 -0700
<![CDATA[88 New Satellites Will Watch Earth, All the Time, All the Places | WIRED]]>

The satellite company Planet is used to breaking records. In 2014, a rocket exploded with a payload of the company’s satellites inside—26, the biggest loss ever.

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:01:37 -0800
<![CDATA[Singularities panel, Transmediale (5th Feb 2017)]]>

Singularities panel, Transmediale (5th Feb 2017)The video of our #Singularities panel at Transmediale is now online:Featuring the extraordinary talents of Luiza Prado & Pedro Oliveira (A parede), Rasheedah Phillips, and Dorothy R. Santos speaking (and performing) on refiguring techno-colonialist and heteronormative pasts, presents, futures and identities.The introduction to the panel - written by Morehshin and myself - can be found here. Photos from the panel are here.Stick around for the discussion and Q&A

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:02:15 -0800
<![CDATA[The Anthropocene Marks the Failure of Capitalism, Not Mars-Bound Humanity | Inverse]]>

The Holocene is dead; welcome to the Anthropocene. Once a controversial stance, the notion that human activities have altered planetary geology adequately enough to warrant the demarcation of another epoch has more traction than the Mars Rover.

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 07:07:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Some Sketches on Vertical Geographies - e-flux Architecture - e-flux]]>

I’ve long thought that conventional understandings of geography were a little too “horizontal”.

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:05:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Cosmic carve-up: Law and plunder on the final frontier | New Scientist]]>

The US wants to press ahead with asteroid mining, but rights to the riches buried in space are a grey area. How should we draw up rules for harvesting the heavens? “MAGNIFICENT desolation.

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:01:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Let's Send Philosophers and Poets to Mars | Immodest proposal | OZY]]>

Leaving planet Earth isn’t easy. This year, NASA’s Astronaut Candidate Program received a record 18,000-plus applications from highly qualified scientists bent on discovering space’s deep abyss. It will choose a handful, if that.

Mon, 09 May 2016 01:16:37 -0700
<![CDATA[Why our imagination for alien life is so impoverishe...]]>

It astonishes me how much we seem to know about aliens. They build technology-driven civilisations and pilot spaceships across the galaxy. They create energy-harvesting structures around their stars. They beam interstellar greetings to us.

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:35:16 -0800
<![CDATA[Why Martian Concrete Might Be The Best Building Material In The Solar System]]>

To colonize Mars, researchers are developing a new kind of concrete that doesn't require water and is more than twice as strong. Concrete has been critical to the colonization of our own planet.

Sun, 24 Jan 2016 14:32:09 -0800
<![CDATA[The Moral Imperative of Human Spaceflight | Grand Strategy: The View from Oregon]]>

The text below is a paper I wrote to correspond to my presentation at the first 100YSS Symposium in 2011. 0. Preamble1. The case against civilization2. The evils of civilization3. The future of civilization4. The future of morality5. The place of consciousness in axiology6.

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:36:00 -0700


Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:27:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Why don't we just terraform Earth? — Hopes&Fears; — flow "Science"]]>

McKay's research focuses on the evolution of the solar system and the origin of life. McKay is currently involved in planning future Mars missions and has authored a number of studies on terraforming Mars as well as geo-engineering Earth.

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 02:40:44 -0700


Mon, 12 Jan 2015 07:06:01 -0800
<![CDATA[Black Diamond]]>

I was commissioned to write the essay for Mishka Henner‘s solo show, Black Diamond, at Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, London. The exhibition will run until 31st May, 2014. Excerpt from the essay : If linear perspective centred the World on the Earthly beholder – rendering the artist, viewer or owner of a painting as master of all they purveyed – then its replacement, a tumbling or “dynamic viewing space” imposes a kind of vertigo on the subject, causing us to misjudge the social and political ground of our perceptions. Henner’s 51 US Military Outposts places viewers in the position of Gods above a toy-like World, the fidelity of which is wholly reliant on the resolution of the sourced images. In line with his Feedlots and Oil Fields series, the resolution of the images – appropriated from Google Earth, and painstakingly stitched together – gives us a clue as to where their socio-political ground is located. Just as a pixel attains significance only within the context of the image grid, so the relatively plain surface of Earth is politically meaningless, is without form and void, until its geometries and textures, its biological traces and material densities, are caught and defined in the vast, inconceivable, territories of the database. Download as PDF More info : and

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 08:32:33 -0700