Research and creative practice at the intersection of art, science and fiction by Becky Lyon

SKETCHBOOK

A PLANET OF SUBCULTURES

WILL WE SPLINTER INTO A PLANET OF SUB-CULTURES

EACH ENGAGING WITH AND RELATING TO SCIENCE AND

TECHNOLOGY IN DIFFERENT WAYS?

/ L U N I T E S /

THE LUNITES: AN ELITE EDIT OF SCIENTISTS, ARCHITECTS,

ANTHROPOLOGISTS, AGRICULTURALISTS, ARTISTS AND

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS ASSEMBLED TO EXPLORE

POSSIBILITIES OF LIFE SUSTAINED BEYOND EARTH.

NOW THEIR ‘JOB TITLES’ REFLECT NEW DISCIPLINES FROM

MOON MINERS TO ANTI-GRAVITY AGRICULTURALISTS

AND LUNA CITIZEN PSYCHCOLOGISTS. THE BARREN

LANDSCAPE OF THE LUNA SURFACE IS AUGMENTED

WITH A SENSORY ARCHITECTURE REMINISCENT OF HOME

EARTH. IN A BID TO COUNTERACT HOMESICKNESS, THE

FACILITY IS EXPERIMENTING WITH INITIATIVES LIKE THE

OLFACTORY LIBRARY AND THE MEMORY REPOSITORY.

INTERSTELLAR AGRICULTURE BARES ENGINEERED MEAT

AND HYDROPONIC ORGANICS WHILST SIMULIGHTING

ECHOES THE PASSING OF THE SUN. FOR THIS COLONY OF

HUMANS, THE VIEW ‘FROM THE TOP’ AFFORDS A SENSE OF

GRATITUDE FOR OUR PLANET LIKE NO OTHER.

/ A N T I - A P O L I S /

HOW MANY? AND WHAT? WHO REALLY KNOWS? THIS IS OFF

GRID, OFF NET, OFF SURVEILLANCE, OUTSIDE, OUT THERE.

THE ANTI-APOLIS COMMUNICATE COVERTLY THROUGH 

MESSAGES HIDDEN AMONGST DATA, POETRY AND VISUAL

CODES. ORGANISED IN INDEPENDENT SOCIAL CLUSTERS,

ON A NEED TO KNOW BASIS, THEY’RE MASTERS IN THE ART

OF THE UNFOUND. DATA ISN’T JUST ENCRYPTED, THEIR

VERY DNA IS EVAPORATED ON CONTACT. THEIR HOMES AND

CLOTHES ARE EMBEDDED WITH MATERIALS AND MESHING

TO REPEL THE MACHINIC GAZE. WE’LL FIND OUT WHAT WE

CAN, IF IT CAN BE FOUND.

/ H Y P E R N A T U R A L I S T S /

THE HYPERNATURALISTS INTEGRATE SCIENCE AND

TECHNOLOGY TO PROTECT AND AMPLIFY THE BENEFITS

OF NATURE. AS THE CLIMATE HAS EVOLVED AND SPECIES

CEASE TO BE, THESE BIO-INTERVENTIONISTS HAVE

USHERED AN AGE OF ‘ACCEPTABLE’ (AND NECESSARY)

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY. THE RESULT? ECOSYSTEMS

BLENDED WITH OPTIMISED SUPER-SPECIES; ALGAE-

SOURCED HYBRIDIZED ENERGY CRYSTALS, DRONE-BUG

AGRICULTURE DISTRIBUTING NUTRIENT-RICH POWER

POLLEN; MUTANT PLANT LIFE WITH ALTERED SENSORY

PROFILES OF UNEXPECTED COLOURS AND SCENT

AN INNOVATIVE SEGMENT OF THE HUMAN RACE, THE

EXPERIMENTAL HYPERNATURALISTS WIELD THE POWER

OF NATURE WITH SCIENTIFIC PRACTICE TO SUSTAIN OUR

EXISTENCE.

/ H Y B R A S /

THE NEW 1%. THEY CAN IMAGINE THEIR WORLD AND MAKE

IT SO. BEST CAN BE BOUGHT. AS ‘SUPERIOR’ HUMANS,

THEIR MINDS AND BODIES CAN BE AUGMENTED WITH

WHAT EVER GADGETRY AND CHEMISTRY IS AVAILABLE –

HOWEVER COSTLY OR EXPERIMENTAL. IN THEIR WORLD

YOU CAN ‘SWALLOW’ SMART, COMMUNICATE IN A NEW

LANGUAGE IN A GLITCH OF A SECOND, ‘EAT’ A WHOLE

CHEESECAKE FOR 100 CALORIES AND THE ARCHITECTURE

AROUND THEM RESPONDS TO THEIR BIOCHEMISTRY.

THEY BOLSTER THEIR BONE STRENGTH WITH ALLOY

REINFORCEMENTS, REAP ENERGY FROM THEIR OWN

BODIES AND BESPOKE FRAGRANCE EFFERVESCE FROM

THEIR PORES - THEY’RE CYBERNETIC ORGANISMS

(CYBORGS), BUT WOULD NEVER CALL THEMSELVES SO.

ENVELOPED IN AI, AR, VR, AND ALL THE OTHER ACRONYMS,

THEY FEEL CLOSE TO IMMORTALITY. BUT THEY’RE NOT.

/ M O T T A N A I /

ECO-WARRIORS OF THE TECHNOLOGICAL AGE, THE

MOTTANAI ARE A TRIBE DEDICATED ABSOLUTELY TO

THE REVIVAL, RE-USE, RECYCLING AND REPURPOSING

OF EVERYTHING. ADOPTING AN EXTREME ‘SCRAP YARD’

CULTURE - DUST, ASHES, PLASTIC, COMPUTER RELICS AND

EVEN RADIOACTIVE DEBRIS BECOME VALUED MATERIAL

SOURCES. 

WHERE OTHERS REGISTER THE UGLY, DISCARDED,

UNLOVED, UNFINISHED, THEY FIND BEAUTY. CLOTHING IS

RESOURCEFULLY PIECED FROM REMNANTS; MEALS

MATERIALISE FROM THE BRUISED AND BLEMISHED

(AND THE UGLIER ROOTS AND BUGS), ENERGY IS

HARNESSED THROUGH ORGANIC MATTER LIKE

MYCELIUM, LOST LANGUAGES ARE COLLECTED AND

ARCHIVED. WHILST CERTAIN DAMAGES TO THE EARTH

ARE IRREVERSIBLE, THIS COLLABORATIVE AND

COMMUNITY-MINDED TRIBE SALVAGE AN OPTIMISTIC OUTLOOK

AMONGST THE RUBBLE. 

 

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