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Part of Post-Growth (Na de groei)

THE SOLAR SHARE

[A SPECULATIVE ECONOMIC MODEL BASED ON ENERGY EMITTED BY THE SUN]

High on fossil fuels, an ideology was cultivated in which humanity would be able to detach itself from the material constraints of the Earth system. But as Earth’s climate enters into crises, and resources become scarce, planetary limits become harder to ignore. Yet the prevailing economic models still seem to ignore the extent to which flows of matter and energy, necessary for sustaining life, depend on the time the biosphere needs for its crucial regeneration. How to support a deeper acknowledgement of the material and living reality of the planet on which we entirely depend?

 

In the form of tokens and diagrams, The Solar Share is a series of speculative economic models based on the only truly sustainable energy input over vast timescales here on Earth: the extraterrestrial energy of the Sun. This artistic provocation attempts to revise prevailing economic growth narratives by recognizing the material conditions necessary for the persistence of our life form in the biosphere. By manifesting the energy systems that govern planetary metabolism, this work aims to contribute to critical discussion about our prospects on this planet, with an emphasis on the unquantifiable and missing data that disqualify the legitimacy of many current political and economic simplifications.

Credits:
Conception: DISNOVATION.ORG, Baruch Gottlieb
Web Developer: Jérôme Saint-Clair
Production: iMAL (BE)
Coproduction: Biennale Chroniques (FR)
Special thanks to Olivier Le Corre and Laurent Truffet (École Des Mines, Nantes)

 


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