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.
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)
DISNOVATION.ORG is a research collective set up in Paris in 2012, whose core members include Maria Roszkowska (PL), Nicolas Maigret (FR), and Baruch Gottlieb (CA). They work at the interface between contemporary art, research and hacking, and compose tailor-made teams for each investigation together with academics, activists, engineers, and designers. Their recent artistic provocations challenge the widespread faith that ‘economic growth’ and ‘technological fixes’ will solve the ecosystemic disruptions they provoked in the first place, seeking to empower Post Growth imaginaries and practises. They recently co-edited A Bestiary of the Anthropocene with Nicolas Nova, an atlas of anthropic hybrid creatures, and The Pirate Book, an anthology about media piracy. DISNOVATION.ORG’s works have been exhibited, performed, published and reviewed worldwide including at the Centre Pompidou (Paris), transmediale (Berlin), the Museum of Art and Design (New York), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), FILE (Sao Paulo), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Strelka Institute (Moscow), ISEA (Hong Kong), Elektra (Montreal), China Museum of Digital Arts (Beijing), and the Chaos Computer Congress (Hamburg).