Angelo Vermeulen: How to go to space, without having to go to space
Angelo Vermeulen - Space researcher, biologist, artist
Angelo Vermeulen wears many hats, including one as a crew commander for NASA, another as an artist and community organizer. Full bio
for a NASA Mars simulation last year,
community art all over the planet.
been combining both.
about that NASA mission.
planetary surface analogue
that is specifically designed
of long-term isolation of small crews.
with a crew of six,
was actually a food study,
for astronauts living in deep space --
as you can see here,
and lots of other stuff to do,
at the end of every day.
with just a small group of people
of psychological challenges:
in these circumstances;
you start to sense
how individual crew members
productive and happy,
a good deal of autonomy
a lot about leadership,
about our future in outer space.
and we will start inhabiting outer space.
or it might take 500 years,
a new art project called Seeker.
challenging communities all over the world
human habitation and survival.
the world is going wrong
another future somewhere else."
from earthbound constraints
and it works really well,
of what we're doing.
I'm using a cocreation approach,
from many artists.
into a group, into a community,
and build the artwork.
when architects visit what we're doing,
of a hard time understanding
fantastic large-scale scupltures
in Belgium and Holland.
of almost 50 people.
of that same project,
to do the architecture differently.
they kept the base of the artwork,
architecture on top of that.
crucial part of the project.
presented a few weeks ago in Holland,
as modules to build a starship.
as a technological challenge.
as a combination of three systems:
component in the project.
surrounding the astronauts,
with part of the food that they're eating.
inside these art and design projects.
for multiple days on end,
you can see an isolation mission
in Ljubljana in Slovenia,
locked themselves up --
this is a very performative
is currently being developed
who is also a TED Fellow,
a magical place.
considered a Mars analogue.
in certain locations
to test equipment.
of being connected to space
that's being developed there.
location on the planet,
to build our project,
is something we have to explore fully.
what's going to happen.
particular version of the project
with the local population,
for a very long time
experts in sustainability,
to see what we can learn from them,
into space exploration.
how we look at our future in outer space
biology, technology and people;
and integrate that into our deep future.
About the speaker:Angelo Vermeulen - Space researcher, biologist, artist
Angelo Vermeulen wears many hats, including one as a crew commander for NASA, another as an artist and community organizer.
Why you should listen
If you're looking for someone who embodies "multidisciplinary," look no further than TED Senior Fellow Angelo Vermeulen, a space systems researcher, biologist, artist and community organizer. The one common thread in all his work: the desire to understand the relationship between nature and technology, to learn from what's happened in the past in order to build a promising future for us all.
Having received his PhD in Biology from the University of Leuven in Belgium, Angelo nonetheless eschewed a life in the lab to apply a creative lens to everything he does. To date, that includes working on independent projects around the world, including Biomodd, a worldwide series of interactive art installations in which technology and nature coexist. Throughout 2011, he was a member of the European Space Agency Topical Team Arts & Science (ETTAS), while in 2013 he was crew commander of the NASA-funded HI-SEAS Mars mission simulation in Hawaii. For this project, he and a crew of six astronauts lived for four months in a dome, all in the name of studying the effects of longterm isolation among a small crew.
In 2009 he launched SEAD (Space Ecologies Art and Design), a platform for research on the architectures and ethics of space colonization. In 2014, he launched Seeker, a project calling for the public to co-create starship sculptures that evolve over time; this subject is also the focus of a new PhD at Delft University of Technology, for which he's developing "paradigm-shifting concepts for evolvable starships."
In 2012 he was a Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design Fellow at Parsons in New York. He holds positions at LUCA School of Visual Arts in Ghent, Belgium, and Die Angewandte in Vienna, Austria.
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