Lunar Denizens is a 3-part series of investigations imagining the protocols, folklore, & artifacts shaping the mythos of permanent lunar settlement. These conversations are part of the Cityx Venice Virtual Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, therefore much of the basis for these imaginative engagements are design, architecture, and an examination of the relationships between humans and their environment (both their built and natural environments), and how those environments likewise impact social interaction.
The second of three sessions in the Lunar Denizens series pays particular attention to Mare Nectaris’s daily life. The base operates on a continuous basis collecting, processing, and transmitting solar energy back to Earth. And in the midst of this industrial process, the workers and their families must also make their lives together. Their routines and regular engagements create and sustain their shared lifeworld, collectively bringing the Moon to life.
Our lunar visionaries for this second event are julijonas urbonas, Alice Bucknell, Ibiye Camp, and InterPlanetary Festival Alumni Nicholas De Monchaux & Nina Lanza, with facilitation by VVFA (Sitraka Rakotoniaina and Andrew Friend).
SFI's InterPlanetary Project, along with New School Policy and Design for Outer Space's (NSPDOS), and Very Very Far Away (VVFA), an international collaborative platform for the democratization of future narratives, present a deeper speculative exploration of a selection of moments and ideas in an attempt to build a catalogue of the lunar ‘things’ that are yet to be imagined.
The third and final installment of this speculative design-sprint series, "Lunar Denizens: Down to Earth" will take place on November 4th, 2021.