Entering the age in which humans will become an interplanetary species, ISS challenged the neocolonial and extractivist logics at play in the corporate terraforming endeavors of Space X or Trump’s export of ultranationalist in the form of a new “Space Army.” Instead, the alternative biosphere of the ISS calls to reject the notion of space colonization in favor of “space cooperation” and proposes human species to consider themselves as “guests” instead of pioneers. As such, ISS proposes the biosphere as a space to train new forms of intra-planetary and interplanetary alliances.
The founding assembly of the ISS took place on August 24, 2019, and explored the subjects of interplanetary infrastructure, languages and politics from the perspectives of art, political theory and science, with contributions by James Bridle, Kristine Dannenberg, iLiana Fokianaki, Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, Sam Hultin, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Charl Landvreugd, Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman, Sven Lütticken, Felicity Scott, Anton Vidokle, and others.
ISS is a project by Jonas Staal, curated by Edi Muka. Installation by Jonas Staal in collaboration with architect Paul Kuipers and designer Remco van Bladel. Production by Younes Bouadi and Evelien Scheltinga (Studio Jonas Staal), in collaboration with the Public Art Agency Sweden and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.