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astronaut teacher
Key West, FL, United States

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Angelo Vermeulen

Space systems researcher, biologist, community artist | SEAD (Space Ecologies Art and Design)

Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

"Co-create the Future"

Generally thinking:

Technology & The Future
Sustainability & Environment
Arts & Entertainment
Creativity & Design

My tags:

ArchitectureArtCommunityCultureDigital MediaEnvironmentScienceMuseumsPerformancePhotographySocial ChangeSustainabilityTechnologyVisual Arts

Very good at:
+ Imagining
+ Connecting
+ Motivating

About me & my work:

In my work I tie together technological, ecological, and social systems through group engagement and collaboration. Biomodd is one of my most well-known art projects and consists of a worldwide series of interactive art installations in which computers and ecosystems coexist. In 2009 I launched SEAD (Space Ecologies Art and Design), a platform for artistic research on architectures and ethics of space colonization. Seeker is one of the resulting projects involving co-created starship sculptures that evolve over time. From 2011-2012 I was a member of the European Space Agency Topical Team Arts & Science (ETTAS), and in 2013 I was crew commander of the NASA-funded HI-SEAS Mars mission simulation in Hawai'i. My space-related work led me to start a new PhD at Delft University of Technology, developing paradigm-shifting concepts for evolvable starships. I co-authored the book 'Baudelaire in Cyberspace: Dialogues on Art, Science and Digital Culture' with philosopher Antoon Van den Braembussche, and give talks about my work around the world. In 2012 I was a Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design Fellow at Parsons in New York. Currently, I’m a 2013-2014 TED Senior Fellow, and hold positions at LUCA School of Visual Arts in Ghent, Belgium, and Die Angewandte in Vienna, Austria.

My links:

Angelo Vermeulen | Biomodd: A Living Computer | TED Talk about the Biomodd project, a computer system with a living ecosystem inside of it

A Taste of Mars: HI-SEAS Mission Now in its Final Days | Interview at the end of the 4-month HI-SEAS Mars simulation in Hawaii in 2013

Designing Spaceships to Take Us to Distant Solar Systems | Current research on starship design


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