A speculative scenario to arouse debates around extraterrestrial resources exploitation.
Space mining is a reality we may face not within decades, but within years. 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. Luxembourg's parliament also passed a law last August 2017, to offer legal certainty that "space resources are capable of being appropriated" by space mining companies.
The Moon will be the first target. This earth satellite has highly valuable materials that could be commercialised in Space such as water, platinum or Helium3, a highly powerful source of energy. Space mining companies affirm their ambition to transform the Moon into a «gas station in the sky» promising unlimited resources for the future of humanity.
Scramble for the Moon is a speculative and critical design project that question those “ready-made” dreams created by the space mining industry. The aim is to understand what are the real motivations behind and interrogate our destructive systems of exploitation and colonisation.
I collaborated with experts in planetary science to visualise what are the materials on the Moon, what could they be used for and where exactly they are located. Based on those data, I created a visual of how the Moon might look like in a future where a private company has monopolised most of the lunar resources.