Biosphere 2 and the relativity of failure

Lecture held at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, May 2018

 

Abstract

Biosphere 2 was tagged as a failed experiment by mass media – a scientific fiasco. This lecture dealt with different aspects of its alleged failure. For this purpose, I looked at the project not only under the angle of “hard science”, but I expounded its meaning as an example of explorative research in a complex environmental system. Additionally, I elaborated distinct aspects of its staging to shed light on its entanglement with theater. Thereby, I demonstrated the relativity of failure of the overall project which was coupled to the crucial and leading role of the involved practice-based research.

 

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