• Leaving The Planet by . . . The Space Elevator

    Erdem TUZUN, Leaving The Planet by The Space Elevator.
    brooklyn NEW YORK

    Pratt Institute
    critic: David RUY

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Erdem TUZUN: The Giant Machine is a speculative research examines the relationship between technology and nature. More specifically, it is about aesthetics and concepts underlying what can be appropriate relationships between technology and nature.

    Inevitably, when the machine has to be placed in the garden, problems arise.

    Maybe there is no good way to put the machine in the garden. The intuition for this investigation is that the only thing left is to cultivate the garden in the machine.

    The Space Elevator is an artificial island nested in the archipelago of Galapagos. It stands silent on the hearth of the nature with islands, rocks and reefs. As an interface between the earth and space, the elevator rising into space has a system of a base station, a cable extending from the ground of the Earth to the space and a counterweight with the new space station on the other end of the cable. It can be barely recognized as an infrastructural machine rather then an island, a beanstalk or an asteroid.

    . . .

    The new space station is the Castle at the top of the Beanstalk. The rules are different and the pursuit of post-humanity has already started up in the Castle. The giant machine, located in the land of species Darwin had observed can lead to a new human species which is far more improved then us both physically and mentally. This new world can even be the avatar of immortal demi gods.

    The giant machine becomes the landscape itself.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    ET: Jack and the Beanstalk, Tower of Babel, Superstudio

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    ET: Reading The Dispossessed by Ursala K.Le Quin, American Technological Sublime by David E. Nye, and The Machine in the Garden by Leo Marx; watching Contact (dir. Robert Zemeckis).

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    ET: Su11, Kutan Ayata, Map-mx, David Ruy.

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