“–Evadere ad auras,
Hoc opus, hic labor est.”
To escape into the upper air,
This is the task, this is the labour.
The underlying premise behind Ships not Shelters is to abandon the idea of shelter, in favour of the development of unstatic in transit non-Earth living situations.
Published by the Peckham Outer-Space Initiative, a thinktank of sort, formed by the guys at Anvil and El Ultimo Grito, the handy manifesto (170 pages), is an overall ode to the ship (both physical and mental) as a tool for the prospect and fascination of the uncharted, aiming at the evolution of human species and its culture. A vehicle as a solution to current forms of planetary based society and living:
The Peckham Outer-Space Initiative has been recently featured in an interview on It’s Nice That: here’s some excerpts:
What is Shopwork?
The underlying premise behind Shopwork is to encourage and develop writing about production, practices and personal approaches to work, with the aim of creating a greater level of understanding about what design is, and could be.
Have any of you ever taken practical steps to leave Earth? (Physically not mentally.)
Although we are currently focused on understanding and developing motives for leaving and analysing outer-space as a cultural living condition, the Peckham Outer-Space Initiative is a libertarian organisation that encourages the development of individual utopias and therefore actively promotes and supports any individual’s efforts to leave Earth.
With regards to a POI PLS (physical leaving solution) we both collectively and individually make daily attempts to overcome and free ourselves from our planet’s gravity grip. But to date the Earth has remained defiant in the face of these efforts, and so for the time being we remain grounded, slaves to the surface.
You can buy the book here.
Related: on sea-ships and air-ships as heterotopias at Dpr-Barcelona:
Research Cruise-Ship | Heterotopic Floating Cities
Airships | Architectural thinking or heterotopias?
Luca Silenzi says
Great post, guys!
fosco lucarelli says
thank you :)