Space on Earth Station
Laboratory Module - Interior of SPACE ON EARTH STATION
SPACE ON EARTH STATION was the project through which Office of Experiements came into existence. A collaboration between artist Neal White and Danish Architects N55, the aim was to create an alternative model and platform for exploring the spaces we inhabit on earth. Drawing on The Whole Earth Catalogue, and a contemporary form of modular architecture proposed by N55 and based on the work of Peter Pearce, we built four modules in separate countries that could be shipped as cheaply as possible (based on the key measuremet of single euro-standard palettes that fit on lorries) and slotted them together on site.
Our aim was to develop an experimental platform and temporary micro-community. Through an online open call and submission process, we helped additional artists - Kayle Brandon, Alex Lockett and Marcus Ahlers, to create micro-projects that explored low cost approaches to a range of issues such as environmental sustainability, urban food gathering, solar power and urban farming. Alternative vehicles were constructed from recycled bicycle parts, a low cost wireless hive system was tested for communications, an informal bird village constructed from found signs used for selling property, and a bee-hive was installed. Space on Earth Station acted as a base and a lab, a space to sleep and work, to meet and dicsuss issues with members of the public.
A vast banner of Mars taken by the Mars Rover underlined the visual function of space exploration, and its trajectory of denial in relation to overwhelming environmental problems on earth.
Space on Earth Station was a temporary project that was in place for 6 days following 18 months of research and production.
A manual for the construction of a Space on Earth Station module, named the Microdwelling, is available on N55's website.
The project is dedicated to the memory of Ingvil Aarbake.