Terraforming + Thoughts

Terraforming is relatively new term for me so I’m still getting my head around the concept.

Meaning: Terraforming or terraformation (literally, “Earth-shaping”) of a planetmoon, or other body is the hypothetical process of deliberately modifying its atmospheretemperature, surface topography or ecology to be similar to the environment of Earth to make it habitable by Earth-like life.

I really like the idea of this hypothetical planetary engineering process because of how it enables us to use creativity to design a future that is not possible – or maybe it is? It also allows us to buIn the current climate, it is hard for us to see hope in what the Earth may become is we do not act now. In the process of terraforming it is like we are able to start again and use speculative design to design new systems for a better functioning world.

I think this concept is something that is beginning to grow and that this is probably the right time for me to find my own way/perspective on it. For me, now that I understand what the Anthropocene is and have seen how the acoustic anthropocene could be a way in which for us to understand what is happening in our soundscape, that maybe terraforming could be an autotune of sound world. I see terraforming as not only a process that is about reinbahiting, or reterritorializing but also a process of correction. Correcting and perfecting from our experience on earth.

An idea that scares me is the idea of that in the future, it is likely that our planet earth would need to be terraformed to allow us humans to be able to survive on it.

In terms of artistic exploration, this concepts really allows for artists to expand and push the boundaries of our creative practices as it is a step into the unknown.

Something that has really struck me – and I am not sure if it is to do with terraforming but how important the moons role is in terms of keeping things moving around the earth through its magnetic field. Another thing is is this idea that the earth is becoming like Saturn, not in terms of its atmosphere or anything like that but it terms of how the earth is forming its own rings. The satellites that we put up to look back at our planet have become stable in the non-atmosphere and will be there for billions years until the sun implodes. In a way our satellites  have become a part of our planet – apart of us. It is actual fact a ring that we have made up of machines.

I think I am going to keep this but above in mind when thinking about technology after we have gone. I think my installation would be good if it responded to this idea of terraforming – or atleast this geology of media that Parikka talks about.

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