Space Junk

‘City wisdom became almost entirely centred on the problems of human relationships, in contrast to the wisdom of any natural tribal group, where relationships with the rest of the animate and inanimate world are still given due place…’ James Lovelock, Gaia Theory

This project explores ‘space junk,’ an issue arising from the colossal unfolding of the colonizing of space. There are currently more than 21,000 objects larger than 10 cm orbiting the Earth, of which only 1,200 are intact, operational satellites. Little consideration is being given to the cause and effect of this situation. Alarm bells ring when the same issues of junk and environmental degradation manifest themselves not only on Earth but in our solar system, making human life even more catastrophically vulnerable. What at first appears to be a relatively niche subject, Space junk unravels to magnify and encapsulate the issue of material and environmental degradation inherent in the Anthropocene era, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on the climate and the environment. Man’s relationship to outer space needs to be given global consideration and brought to the forefront of public discussion if we hope to catch ourselves before any chance of a sustainable future, on Earth and in outer space is eradicated.