"Always Calling Home", (2018)
"Nea player", (2019)
"Manifesto for the Republic of the Archipelago" (2019)
Asteroid chasers, space whisperers and rock-licking fam!
4h0tsp0t4x3n0 is a collaboration between Natalie Paneng and Vanessa Lorenzo. It refers to "A hotspot for xeno-biodiversity" . 4h0tsp0t4x3n0 is an etnofiction that analyses Internet niches like @Facebook groups, @YouTube DIY tutorials, @SoundCloud manifests in order to find subcultures that explore our relation to the rocks and the space. 4h0tsp0t4x3n0 is an Internet cult of radical togetherness in order to explore space mining and #xenofarming on Earth beyond xenocapitalism. The Anthropocene is an accelerating double-death provoked by the arrogance of the industrializers, super-transporters, and capitalizers, in seas, lands, airs, waters and space. [...] And, written into the rocks [...]. Double death is in love with haunted voids. in a post-colonial, post-anthropocentric framework. 4h0tsp0t4x3n0 is also a DIY tutorial to learn how to spot, characterize and farm meteorites in order to cultivate their xenobiology, extraterrestial life forms and the nutriments that might carry. Glosary: Anthropocene: is a proposed geological epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on Earth's ecosystems. A "biodiversity hotspot" is a region that is both rich with life and at high risk for destruction. Like Earth now, that has lost at least 70 percent of its original natural vegetation, usually due to human activity. "Xenology" may be defined as the scientific study of all aspects of extraterrestrial life. "Xenobiology" refers to the study of the biology of extraterrestrial lifeforms not native to Earth. It is also "is an emerging field in the context of synthetic biology, encompassing the design, generation and evolution of alternative forms of life" https://www.xb1genoa.com/ "Xenocapitalism" capitalism beyond our planet.
FOR THE REPUBLIC OF THE ARCHIPELAGO:
Dr. Daniel Cunnama (SAAO, Mentor), postdoctoral researcher Dr. Nicolas Erasmus (SAAO, Fellow Scientist). Amanda Sickafoose (Head of Instrumentation Division), Hitesh Gajjar (Head of Electronics), Piet Fourie, Willie Koorts, Pieter Swanevelder, Michael Rust, Reggie Klein, Keegan Titus, Avahapfani Mulaudzi. Communication: Natalie Jones (Head of Communication). Engineering: James O’Connor (Head of Engineering), Egan Loubser. Mechanical Workshop: Craig Sass (Head of Workshop) & Lega Maerman.