Space Waste Lab

Space Waste Lab

Space Waste Lab

Studio Roosegaarde announces the start of the new large-scale project: SPACE WASTE LAB. Right now there are more than 29.000 objects larger than 10 centimeter floating around the earth. It is space waste; parts of broken rockets and satellites. This waste can damage our current satellites, with collisions creating more space waste and disturbing our digital communications. And nobody really knows how to fix it. SPACE WASTE LAB investigates how to upcycle space waste into sustainable products. The SPACE WASTE LAB PERFORMANCE visualises the space waste above your head real-time.

SPACE WASTE LAB is the living lab which is supported by space experts such as ESA (European Space Agency), students, visitors, and the team of Studio Roosegaarde.

Phase 1 starts with a unique large outdoor SPACE WASTE LAB PERFORMANCE of LEDs and real-time tracking information to visualise space waste above your head on an altitude of 200 to 20.000 kilometers. There is currently 8.1 million kilo of space waste. Special designed software and camera technology developed in the last year enables the SPACE WASTE LAB PERFORMANCE to work, in compliance with strict safety and aviation regulations. To enhance the experience of the SPACE WASTE LAB PERFORMANCE the surrounding environment is darkened by shutting down streetlights and commercial signs. The indoor exhibition consists of a real piece of space waste accompanied by an education programme with space experts and amateurs to create a new perspective on space waste. More than 2000 high school students have applied already.

Phase 2 is a multi-year program to capture space waste and upcycle it into sustainable products.

Daan Roosegaarde: "We need to look at space in a better way. What is space waste, how can we fix it, and what is its potential? Space waste is the smog of our universe."

ESA Director Franco Ongaro about SPACE WASTE LAB: “I’m a strong believer in cooperation between technologists and artists. We believe in what we do as a service to society, but we are often unable to communicate its worth effectively enough. Artists not only communicate vision and feelings to the public, but help us discover aspects of our work which we are often unable to perceive. This cooperation is all the more important when dealing with issues like space debris, which may one day impact our future, and our ability to draw maximum benefits from space. We need to speak in different ways, to convey not just the dry technological aspects aspect of technology, but the emotions involved in the struggle to preserve this environment for future generations.”

SPACE WASTE LAB is a part of Roosegaarde's larger vision for Schoonheid, a Dutch word meaning both beauty and cleanliness, as in clean space, clean air, clean water, clean energy. Schoonheid is an activator for change, for citizens, makers, NGOs and governments to value and empower Schoonheid as a creative force to make clean environments.

Specifications:

The SPACE WASTE LAB exhibition indoor can be visited from 5 October 2018 until 19 January 2019 at Kunstlinie KAF in Almere, the Netherlands. The live SPACE WASTE LAB PERFORMANCE can be visited after sunset on 18 and 19 January 2019 (free entrance). Next to the SPACE WASTE LAB a dedicated education, films, talks and expo programme entitled "Space @ KAF" will cover the wider context of space. You can listen to the SPACE WASTE LAB RADIO here. Address: KAF Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland, Esplanade 10, 1315 TA, Almere, The Netherlands.

Clients:

ESA is supporting knowledge partner. Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland (KAF) is the cultural hot spot in Almere where all disciplines such as theatre, architecture, music or dance are represented. The city of Almere will be hosting the Floriade Expo 2022.

NASA team
NASA team
The NASA team of scientists and artists, now including Daan Roosegaarde, are working on benefits for humanity.
Space Waste Lab international media
Space Waste Lab international media
International design magazines Dezeen, Wallpaper, FRAME, New Atlas, El Pais, Fastcompany, Inhabitat, and WIRED interviewed Daan Roosegaarde about his new Space Waste Lab to upcycle space waste.
Space Waste Lab Performance November 9 and 10
Space Waste Lab Performance November 9 and 10
After the openingsweekend with 8000 people our Space Waste Lab Performance is open for public again on 9 and 10 November from 19.00-23.00, free entrance. The inside exhibition about upcycling space waste is also available for public. We are on a mission for clean space at Kunstlinie Almere.