A speculative scenario to arouse debates around extraterrestrial resources exploitation.
Space mining is now a reality that we may face, not within decades, but within years. Private companies are affirming their ambitions to extract valuable materials in Space. In 2015, the U.S.A signed the « SPACE Act » enabled private companies of its country to access, process, and commercialize resources that they extract from Space.
The Moon is to date, the first target of interest because of its proximity. Even if the International Outer Space Treaty (1967) is really clear on the fact that no one can « own » the Moon, new data of its material composition reveals that some places are more valuable than others: water, helium3 and precious metals are materials with a huge value in Space and on Earth. The first to settle down in a valuable area will lead to an economical and political monopoly situation.
The project aims to explore the scenario where materials are extracted from the Moon, not for their scientific and informative qualities but for a commercial purpose. The materials extracted from the Moon are chosen on purpose to exhibit what materials we could have been damaged or missed from the Earth by 2050 : non-polluted drinking water, pure oxygen and a new source of energy to replace oil.
This critical design project depict the Moon as our eighth continent : it becomes a territory owned and governed by newly multi planetary companies. The aim is to speculate on different systems, that could help us visualise and anticipate different scenarios that we want or do not want to see arise.