Designer: Bureau d’Études (France); Collaborator: Ewen Chardronnet (space culture advisor) (France); Initial presentation: Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Earth and Moon; 2018 – 19
Bureau d’Études creates critical cartography—maps that examine contemporary political, social, and economic systems. The Astropolitics map exposes a potential conflict over Moon resource extraction, locating satellite systems, environmental and social crises linked to mining, and lunar bases and machines required for extraction. By making these systems visible, the map helps us consider our future. Like the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which established use of space for peaceful purposes and the common interest of all, it calls on us again to reimagine the Earth, Moon, and other celestial bodies as interconnected places, not simply an endless cosmos ripe for exploitation.
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