Throughout history, many artists, designers, writers,
philosophers, engineers and filmmakers have dreamed about
the future. How will today’s creatives complement these
dreams? With the open call “Spaceship Earth” we invite
artists, designers and visual storytellers to imagine the
most daring, most promising, most inspiring new ideas about
the changing relationship between humans, nature and
technology. We challenge them to dream of a more inclusive
and sustainable world. A world in which biology and
technology merge. A world in which humans and planet earth
enter a new evolutionary phase. A world worth living in.
Welcome to Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth tells the story of the future of evolution
of humans on planet earth. After all, humanity is the
unlikely result of 4 billion years of evolution on this
planet; from self-replicating molecules in Archean seas, to
eyeless fish in the Cambrian deep, to mammals scurrying from
dinosaurs in the dark, and then, finally, improbably,
ourselves. But we are not the end of this story, as
evolution goes on.
Spaceship Earth explores the next evolutionary stages of
planet earth. Launching in the Evoluon, the building
resembles a spaceship; yet we acknowledge planet earth as
our mothership. Therefore we inhabit the building as a
facility in which we train all humans to work together as a
harmonious crew for the future generations to come.
Spaceship Earth exists over four concentric rings that form
circular balconies inside of the Evoluon. Each ring carries
artistic projects that invite the audience to discover,
unfold and engage with the next stages of evolution:
Stage 1: Geosphere
Where did we come from? How did the earth originate? The
first ring narrates the origin of the universe (13 billion
years ago) and earth (4.5 billion ago). Here we learn about
the big bang, the formation of quarks, atoms and molecules.
It is the foundation of everything. It is the ground on
which our futures are built. What will we leave behind?
Stage 2: Biosphere
What is life? How did it evolve on top of the geosphere? The
second ring tells the story of the origin of life. From the
very first cell to the creation of vertebrates. It’s an
evolutionary tale that you might find in a natural history
museum—instead of a technology museum—but understanding the
impact of technology is indispensable knowledge. How will
life evolve from here?
Stage 3: Technosphere
What is technology? How is it changing life? The third ring
brings to light the transformative impact of technology on
our planet. Technology is more than the latest smartphone or
computer and is currently estimated to weigh over 30
trillion tons. Technology is an evolutionary force, it is
our next nature. What will become of humans as we evolve
under the selective pressures of technology?
Stage 4: Mindsphere
What does this all mean for your personal life as a human on
this planet? Will we live with artificial intelligences? Is
there a planetary consciousness emerging? How to navigate
this world as a human being? The fourth ring discloses the
most psychologically deepening stage of evolution. A
personal journey inwards, where the audience will find their
role and meaning as a member of Spaceship Earth.
Call for projects
With the open call "Spaceship Earth" we invite artists, designers, scientists, writers and visual
storytellers to imagine the most daring, most promising, most
inspiring new ideas about the changing relationship between
humans, nature and technology. We are looking for :
1- Thought-provoking ideas that demonstrate a clear link to
either the geosphere, the biosphere, the technosphere or the
2- Unconventional ways, yet tangible experiences that invite
the audience to discover, unfold and engage with the next
stages of evolution; the project must include an interactive
component in which the audience can discover, learn and grow
in their own personal ways.
3- Innovating projects that apply methods, approaches or tools
from (speculative) design and (bio)technology; machine
learning; synthetic biology; biomimicry; robotics; ...etc.