ASTRONOMICAL BODIES, 2010
in collaboration with Dr Terence Kee and team at the University of Leeds.
with special thanks to Katie Marriott, EPSRC, NESTA and the Royal College of Art.
NEW ORIGINS & NEW BELIEFS
"There is no doubt that in the near future we shall have the capability to seed other planets with life." John Gribbin, Astrophysicist.
Astronomical Bodies investigates two possible impacts that the origins of life research might have on the way we redefine ourselves and how we might relate differently with our environment and our planetary position in the wider unvierse.
Phosphorus is an extremly valuable resource with life promoting properties. By understanding this how might we acknowledge and re-evaluate our current connection with this chemical? We excrete phosphorus from our body in urine, it accumulates as a main component of kidney stones inside us. How can we capture this phosphorus to use it as an important resource?
We have long known that Phosphates are a limiting factor in biological systems - we exploit this by applying it on the soil as a fertiliser for plants. Life thrives when it is present.
Astronomical Bodies redesigns our relationship with urination and this daily act to continue the chemical's cycle back into space. An apron with front chambers recovers the phosphate from the body through crystallisation from urine. The phosphate is used as a structural component to build a meteorite containing all chemicals necessary for seeding life on other planets.
Then over to chemistry to build gradual molecular complexity until finally life emerges.