Sustainable Futures Series

This is the first online residency of its kind – the opportunity for artists and academics to collaborate on the theme of environmental justice in outer space.

Have you wondered what the environmental costs are of outer space exploration?

Did you know space is already being mined for profit?

Are you interested to uncover more about the current distribution of power in outer space and how this impacts Earth’s future?


This is an initiative hosted by Land Art agency that will pair three artists with three space research academics. Each artist and researcher will meet weekly over the course of three months to discuss and formulate a collaborative project that the artist will transform into a creative body of work.

The work will serve as a catalyst to discussions around the environmental implications of outer space exploration. The initiative aims to act as an accelerator to critical discussions around space exploration and to make the topic more accessible and digestible to a wide audience.

On completion we will be holding an online event for the three collaborations to be presented and discussed. We will disseminate the work to a wide audience through our network and publications and also our social media outlets via @landartcollective. We also intend to arrange an exhibition in a prominent, relevant location – due to current Covid restrictions, the exact details of this exhibition will be explored at a later date.

Please note, at present, this is a pilot project without funding. We ask all persons involved to keep costs to a minimum, and can work with them to establish best practices and methods to retain low expenditure. We will be offering additional benefits in place of remuneration, and can discuss opportunities for Land Art Agency to cover fees incurred where relevant. Should the project receive funding or outright payment at any stage, we will work with all parties involved to distribute funding.

Researchers in Residence

Julie Klinger
Dr. Julie Michelle Klinger (PhD Geography) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Delaware, faculty in the Minerals, Materials, and Society Program, and a member of the Embodiment Lab. Dr. Klinger’s research focuses on the dynamics of global resource frontiers, with a particular focus on social and environmental sustainability. Areas of research include the impacts of rare earth mining around the world; and the role of international outer space cooperation in global development. She is committed to finding collaborative solutions to the most pressing sustainability issues of our time.

Lisa Ruth Rand
Lisa Ruth Rand is currently a Haas Postdoctoral Fellow at the Science History Institute and has a PhD is in History and Sociology of Science. Her research plumbs the intersections of the histories of science, technology, and the environment during the Cold War, with a focus on mobile waste and contingent constructions of nature and sustainability. In addition to the environmental history of outer space, she also written about gender in American aerospace culture and performances of scientific practice at Earth analog habitats. Lisa Ruth Rand’s research has been supported by fellowships from NASA, the Society for the History of Technology, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Penn Humanities Forum, and the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. She has been a Research Associate in the Department of Space History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and an Adjunct Research Associate at the RAND Corporation.

Valerie A. Olson
Valerie A. Olson’s research explores contemporary sociocultural processes that remake what count as environments. Her current projects focus on how social groups use the system concept to perceive, organize, and control spatial relations, particularly on large scales. This focus allows her to follow the ways people relate to sites, things, and processes they do not experience directly and which are categorized as outlying or beyond human.  Valerie is currently Associate Professor in the UC Irvine Department of Anthropology. Publications include:
● Into the Extreme: U.S. Environmental Systems and Politics Beyond Earth
● Beyond the Anthropocene: UnEarthing an Epoch
● Relational Space: An Earthly Installation
● NEOspace: the Solar System’s Emerging Environmental History and Politics.
● Political Ecology in the Extreme: Asteroid Activism and the Making of an Environmental SolarSystem.
● Extreme: Limits and Horizons of the Once and Future Cosmos.
● The Ecobiopolitics of Space Biomedicine.


  • Researcher to outline three areas of research they would be interested to explore with artist.
  • Researcher & Land Art Agency to select artists and announce 15th November 2020.
  • Initial meeting between Land Art Agency, Researcher & Artist to finalise area of project research.
  • Artist and Landart Agency to draw up project timeline.
  • Projects commence 1st January 2021
  • A weekly hour discussion between artist and researcher exploring project themes. (Best time decided between artist and researcher).
  • Artist to feed back to Land Art Agency with their weekly ‘to do’ bullet points after each discussion.
  • Artist and Land Art Agency 15 min weekly call. Artist to be in regular contact with Land Art Agency regarding project development and needs.
  • Delivery of final work March 2021
  • Artist and Researcher available for Online Launch Event & Discussions 12th April 2021 (for any in person event logistics will be solved before hand as this is an international residency).


● To catalyse public debate around space science and the arts.
● To foster interdisciplinary conversations and bring practitioners and academics together in new, productive conversations.
● To engage the wider public with current and future space science research in a critical and discursive manner.
● To use art to highlight and engage new conversations, and encourage audiences to think differently about the subject matter.
● To think differently/radically/critically about ongoing space/art practice.

Benefits for Research Projects & Artists

Research Projects
● Huge public impact, outreach and education.
● New perspectives on research through art.
● Lasting archive and documentation of research through art practice.
● Develop and strengthen links with other organisations through collaboration.

For Artists
● Unprecedented access to discussions of cutting edge space research.
● Exposure of work through associated publicity, exhibition and associated symposia.
● Engagement with a large audience.
● Ongoing links and relationships across art and space science sectors.
● Permanent archive of work through the Land Art Agency website

A full evaluation of objectives, process, academic and public impact, and participant experience and engagement will be carried out through the projects.

Please send us:

400 words demonstrating your interest in Space and the Environment including links to relevant projects.

200 words on why you would work well with the themes covered by your chosen researcher.

Artist website and social media links

Applications can be sent to with the subject heading Collaboration Application

Applications close 15th October 2020

*Please note you must be available:
December 2020 – Pairing and confirming areas of project research
January – March 2021 – Project commences with weekly discussions between artists &
Researcher with project conclusion at the end of March
April 2021 (Monday, 12 April International Day of Human Space Flight 2021) Online event with the possibility of private view and exhibition launch (Covid-19 Dependent).