Open Call

An Architectonic Technological Sublimity

Arts Letters & Numbers

No Funding
Free / No Costs


Live Streamed discussion between Michael Benson and James Green

Number of Participants



No deadline


September 09, 2021 - September 10, 2021


No meals

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Courses, Critique, Discussion, Mentors, Panel, Publication, Readings, Seminars


Activists, Research, Scientists, Social Practice, Tech, Thinkers


English, Italian, Korean, Spanish

Program Description

In the last few decades, US Space Agency NASA has constructed an astonishingly vast, kinetic, architectonic structure, one spanning the entire Solar System. This ever-evolving edifice comprises recognizably architectural forms: the buildings of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California; NASA HQ in Washington and various mission control centers; a global network of giant dish antennae; and rocket assembly, testing and launching facilities. But these would be meaningless without another principal component: the intricate spacecraft it has sent vaulting to all the major worlds of our planetary system, and the football-field sized International Space Station. Some of these extraordinarily advanced interplanetary robots are no bigger than a grand piano, and the largest is a bit smaller than a city bus. A cat’s-cradle webwork of signals connects them to Earth, its chains of zeroes and ones slinging across the void and returning images and data.

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