Space Has Arrived

Interplanetary Time, Communication, and Longevity

Che-wei Wang, Sands Fish

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2).

When distance is measured by light years, how do we learn from the past and make decisions for the future?

Join us to learn about the Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) through three workshop events.

SEI focuses on the lived experiences of humans in space, hoping to move past the survivalist nature of space exploration and find ways people for people to delight in inhabiting outer space. SEI’s mission is threefold: to democratize action in space, to revolutionize the future of space, and to realize space exploration. It strives towards these goals through research explorations in design for the body in space, space sensing and robotics, space food and sensory experiences, deep space exploration, space & the arts, and space health.​

1. Interplanetary Time, Communication, and Longevity – When distance is measured by light years, how do we learn from the past and create the future?

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What To Expect:
“As we evolve into an interplanetary and intergalactic species, our cultures will evolve as well. How will great expanses of time and space impact how we live, communicate, and celebrate? In this workshop, we will explore the conditions that humans will experience as a space-faring society. We will reimagine a variety of time-based rituals by creating a sci-fi compendium of future cosmologies.”
What To Bring:
Yourselves and your rituals
The Outcome:
“Beginning with a group exploration of the ways we stay connected with those alive and dead, we will author new processes, memorials, and devices, building a speculative history of our future in space.”


Che-Wei Wang [pron. sey-wey] is an artist, designer & architect with expertise in computational and generative design, fabrication technologies, electronics, CNC machining, and metal manufacturing. The results range from architecture & sculpture to interactive installations & mobile apps. He is the winner of the 2003 SOM fellowship and the Young Alumni Achievement Award from Pratt Institute. Che-Wei has taught courses on design, time, creative computing, and inflatables, at various institutions. He is an alumnus of MIT Media Lab, ITP at NYU, and Pratt Institute.

Sands Fish is an artist and researcher at the MIT Media Lab’s Civic Media group. His work falls between activism, computer science, ethnography, and design. Sands is interested in the unconsidered yet consequential assumptions embedded in objects — design for babies, for exorcisms, and for the police. His current work uses speculative design to help communities imagine and advocate for more desirable futures. Previously, he was a data visualization fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and at MIT’s HyperStudio. He also co-organizes Tech Poetics, a new media art community in Boston.