The Przemiany Festival under the slogan “Who will own Space?” focuses on the topic of space exploration in the context of new economic models and technologies that lay the ground for projects such as raw material mining on asteroids and establishing human settlements on Mars. Will technological advancement result in new models of social life? On 14-17 September, the Copernicus Science Centre invites you to a debate on society, for which Space is not only about dreams but a reality.
Dynamic development of space industry is one of the key factors shaping our close future. The stage, which has so far belonged to a couple of government agencies such as NASA, CNSA, ESA and Roskosmos, has recently welcomed new actors. Today, products of companies such as SpaceX (reusable Falcon 9 launch system), Bigelow Aerospace (orbital station inflatable modules) and Blue Origin (New Shepard rocket) define the horizon of innovation. We observe the rise of start-ups designing future Mars habitats (e.g. RedWorks from the USA and Space is More from Poland), companies lobbying for asteroid mining (Deep Space Industries and Planetary Resources), and bottom-up initiatives, such as The Planetary Society, a non-profit organisation, which has already raised 1.2 million dollars for constructing a microsatellite propelled by solar wind. We cannot forget some students’ projects: Polish PWSAT 2 satellite with deorbit system or the first microgravity drill tested by the students from Wrocław University of Science and Technology – they all prove that today people, who enter their adult life, are doing so with completely new perspectives.
Enthusiasm caused by space discoveries and innovations related to them that are already used on Earth, should not obscure a number of disturbing phenomena. The biggest threat is caused by space pollution – tons of space garbage orbiting around our planet. Among them over 20,000 pieces are a size of a tennis ball, but even those measuring a few millimetres, flying at an extreme speed of 7.89 km/sec., can cause damage to the International Space Station or destroy navigation and telecommunication satellites. The latter enable better contact and fast circulation of information worldwide. However, a substantial part of all news “serve” only the needs of military and espionage world, thus giving global superpowers the feeling of power and control over everything and everyone.
The idea of space exploration, stretching from the genuine need to explore to hunger for profits and power sparks hope but also raises concerns. Who will own Space? Will planned missions and programmes lead to sustainable cooperation or the opposite – a race for resources, patents and power? Who will benefit from it? How does right to property look like in Space? When will we acquire knowledge and tools necessary for inhabiting other planets? How will we “use” the extra-terrestrial environment? International space agencies, politicians, influential global lobby groups, huge private corporations, independent experts, and groups of enthusiasts building their own satellites – all have their own visions of the future. Which one will become a reality?
The Przemiany Festival under the slogan “Who will own Space?” initiates a great debate.
We have invited engineers, astronomers, astrophysicists, biologists, humanists, sociologists, ethicist, lawyers, as well as artists, designers, ecologists and social activists. Together, in interdisciplinary teams and atmosphere of open-mindedness and creative experimentation, we will talk about the future that awaits us outside the safe Earthly habitat. The programme of the festival ensures that all participants get the most of it.
The two main elements of the Festival are “Going back to the Moon” exhibition, which presents scientific research, technological projects and works created in the field of art&science, design and architecture, and the 1st Martian Congress – a forum for discussion about creating an interplanetary civilisation, during which all experts just initiate the dialogue (by introducing topics and asking key questions), and all answers are sought for by participants working in several groups.
Space for sharing knowledge and experiences, as well as for discovering new directions of scientific research and artistic practice, will be provided in numerous forms including: the all-day programme of discussion panels (a great occasion for face-to-face conversations with creators of this year’s edition of the Przemiany Festival); two special lectures: by Joe Davis – American researcher, artist and visionary straight from the MIT and Harvard University, and by Leopold Summerer – scientist and head of the Advanced Concepts Team in ESA, focused on research on the future; Przemiany Medialab – closed workshops for scientists, designers and creative industry representatives, and Openlabs featuring open workshops on planetary geology and a show delivered by constructors of Mars rovers.
In cooperation with the European Office for Space Education ESERO we have prepared an all-day set of events for teachers and high-school students devoted to the future – Przemiany < 19. The biggest attraction for the participants will the opportunity to talk directly to the finalists of the Remote Mars Yard and CanSat competitions, and students of Częstochowa University of Technology, winners of the 3rd award at the University Rover Challenge 2017.
The Festival’s programme also features Przemiany Cinema. This year’s shows are organised by the prestigious New York-based Imagine Science Films foundation. The repertoire has been divided into three thematic sections, which offer a coherent story about Space, new technologies and diversity of the life on Earth.
There will also be a part devoted to entertainment – Przemiany Live! – the open-air concert of electronic music featuring stars such as Andy Stott (UK), Demdike Stare (UK), HMOT (Rosja), Astma and FOQL (Poland). Another attraction will be the “Martian Dust”, a small concert of Stefan Wesołowski under the Planetarium dome, where the sounds of harp, cello, piano and synthesizer will be accompanied by visualisations inspired by space futurism of the 1940s and 1950s.
On the last day of the Festival everyone is welcome to come to the Breakfast by the river. We have combined healthy foods market with a lecture on growing plants on Mars and a meeting with the first Polish analog astronauts, participants of the LUNAR EDITION mission.
14 September at 7 p.m. we invite everyone to the Opening of the 2017 Przemiany Festival in the Copernicus Science Centre.
Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage