Spaceship Earth exhibition showcasing in Sydney

Buckminister Fuller's mid 20th century call for 'an operating manual to fly Spaceship Earth' is being updated to match today's most advanced satellite imaging and remote sensing spaceship earthtechnologies. Aerospatial innovations – first prototyped on spacecraft and in war zones and publicly promoted in films like Gravity and Avatar – are key to an emerging goal among climate scientists to convert Fuller's 'operating manual' (logically a paper document in his day) to a 'system of systems' that could globally 'auto-pilot' solutions for managing our planet's environmental challenges.

Three floors of the City of Sydney's Customs House at Circular Quay will display extraordinary earth observation (EO) imagery and videos from international space agencies and satellite operators, in an exhibition from 23 May through June. It will co-incide with the first half of Sydney's annual Vivid light festival and the last half of this year's Biennale of Sydney.

Called Spaceship Earth: Observing Our Planet From Satellites, the exhibition is being catalysed and curated by an Australian founder of the International Society for Digital Earth's digital cities working party, Davina Jackson. Chairing both the ISDE cities working party and this exhibition's international advisory panel is SIBA's Queensland CEO, Richard Simpson. Jackson and Simpson are co-editors of the world's first comprehensive manifesto (D_City Manifesto) explaining the global Earth observations movement to urban development professionals.

The Spaceship Earth show will promote both the Digital Earth vision (a term first coined by Al Gore in his 1992 book Earth in the Balance) and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) project, which is being co-ordinated by the G8's intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Geneva.

The show will include videos and high-resolution stills from GEO, the European Space Agency, NASA, NOAA, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Geoscience Australia, NSW Department of Lands and Property Information, leading university research centres, international digital artists, and commercial providers DigitalGlobe and eoVision.

The production team is led by Customs House managers Jennifer Kwok and Samantha Williams, with creative director Joanne Jakovich, electronic artist Peter Murphy and technical advisers. They aim to offer the digital content to other international exhibition venues.

Posted with thanks to Davina Jackson at D City and the Spatial Industries Business Association.

Eric Winton

Director, New Millennium Business

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