During this evening Vermeulen and his special guests will examine
this ambitious dream from the perspective of participatory systems,
biological factors, design and engineering.
Designing a starship is a unique challenge. It’s a contained space
that demands the need for a total physical ecosystem, but also a
carefully balanced social system. Technological, biological, and social
systems would have to work in harmony for such ambitious missions to
succeed. The role of artists and art in making these systems robust,
evolvable and livable, will be highlighted throughout the evening's
discussions and presentations.
NASA economist Alex MacDonald, curator Sarah Cook, and researchers Caroline Nevejan and Prof. Frances Brazier will be joining as guests. Artist and mathematician Valery Vermeulen will bring a live audio performance based on real-time radio astronomical signals.
Special thanks to: Scott Ransom (National Radio Astronomy
Observatory, Charlottesville), Renée Hlozek (Princeton University),
Lucianne Walkowicz (Princeton University), Afshin Kahn (Washington State
University) and Participatory Systems (TU Delft).