Bodies in extremis

Pell, S 2017, 'Bodies in extremis' in Rachel Armstrong (ed.) Star Ark: A Living, Self-Sustaining Spaceship, Springer Praxis Books, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 341-378.


Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: Book Chapters

Title Bodies in extremis
Author(s) Pell, S
Year 2017
Title of book Star Ark: A Living, Self-Sustaining Spaceship
Publisher Springer Praxis Books
Place of publication Cham, Switzerland
Editor(s) Rachel Armstrong
Start page 341
End page 378
Subjects Astrobiology
Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Performance and Installation Art
Summary RESEARCH BACKGROUND 'Extremophiles' presents a multi-disciplinary view of the challenge of human space colonization. Concerned with the human experience on artificial worlds and the bio-political implications of the astrobiological condition, Dr. Sarah Jane Pell's chapter presents new research to understand bodies in extremis including life in space and related analogue environments, and revealing divergent human embodiment is indistinguishable from environmental interactions. RESEARCH CONTRIBUTION The work contributes to the development of principles for the construction of a living habitat within a space ship. Analyzes cutting-edge scientific developments in plans for space colonization from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Brings together a variety of discussions on an original, human and cultural-centered approach to issues of space habitation. RESEARCH SIGNIFICANCE Prof. Rachel Armstrong has written extensively on Pell's extreme performance research in Architectural Design, and Systems Architecture, Journal of Ubiquitous Computing as well as her own cutting-edge research on Persephone - a real project that is part of the company Icarus Interstellar's plans for the design and engineering of a living interior on a worldship to be constructed in Earth's orbit within 100 years. This notion is shared by organizations such as the Initiative for Interstellar Studies and the DARPA-funded 100-year starship project. An extract of the work was extended as a piece of creative writing titled 'We are all Explorer Fish' for the Meta.Morf 2016 catalogue edited by Espen Gagnik, which led to the film adaptation commission by the Trondheim Centre for Electronic Arts to premiere at the Trondheim International Biennale of Art & Technology. It is listed as in the International Movie Database IMDb.
Copyright notice © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
Keyword(s) space colonisation
extreme performance
ecopoiesis
DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-3-319-31042-8
ISBN 9783319310404
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