“Where there is nothing—or where we imagine there is nothing—everything appears possible” - Nicholas de Monchaux, Kosmos.
Welcome to Daleko, a future world where the concept of waste has been reimagined through the dual meaning of its name - a spatial and temporal reference to distant imaginaries, both far away and in the future. These two facets are entangled as the future reaches back in time to revive or reject conditions of waste management on planet Earth. The concept of waste as a social, spatial and economic externality is a problematic condition that has been historically perpetuated. Another, external space where waste is sent to is a psychotic delusion. In the Terraforming project of a planetary plan for a viable future, we want to confront waste streams on deeper time scales and expanded frames of value. Waste has been reconceptualised by diverting surveillance from individual bodies and objects to sense the flows and streams of matter as a valuable resource. Daleko is composed of fragments - animated science fictions - narrated from a future where specific crises of waste-as-externality have taken on entirely new value. The composition of Daleko evolved from Russia at a planetary scale, with fictions set in urban and regional spaces, inside and outside the Russian Territory in terrestrial, oceanic, atmospheric and cosmic places. A complex global condition, the number of fragments that compose the future world of waste can be innumerable as sensing at scale expands.
Researchers: Eleanor Peres, Anastasia Sinitsyna, Tigran Kostandyan and Tim Nosov
The Terraforming 2020, Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design
Program Director: Benjamin H. Bratton
Program Tutors: Nicolay Boyadjiev, Lisa Dorrer
Impossible without: Elena Mozgovaya, Vlad Ilkevich,
Olga Tenisheva, Timur Zolotoev, George Papamattheakis
Research Collaborators: Jussi Parikka, Angelina Davydova, Alan Synnott
Editor: Theo Merz