E|A|S (Evolving Asteroid Starships): BredaPhoto Festival 2018

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It is inevitable that people will explore unknown solar systems, says artist, scientist and former NASA-employee Angelo Vermeulen (Belgium, 1971). But such a journey could take decades and requires a suitable spaceship. Vermeulen leads the interdisciplinary team DSTART of Delft University of Technology. Their research focuses on solutions that unite the biological, technological and social dimensions of space travel: they develop concepts for interstellar spaceships that evolve during the journey. With E|A|S (Evolving Asteroid Starships) DSTART investigates how to make such a future-proof spaceship. They want to use an asteroid and gradually develop it. The material is used to further expand the spacecraft and its internal ecosystem and to allow the spaceship to evolve in the event of unexpected challenges. The spaceship thus becomes an evolving entity, which is also self-sufficient. Human waste - such as urine, stool, CO2 and sweat - is converted into nutrients for plants that supply food and oxygen for the crew. The team is not yet building a real spacecraft, but is working on the simulations, calculations and algorithms that will soon make this kind of sustainable space exploration into distant solar systems possible. The audiovisual installation they made for BredaPhoto allows you to experience what a self-sufficient ecological spacecraft could look like. The installation was created by: Anton Dobrevski, Nils Faber, Amélie Kim, Joris Putteneers, Sharon van Rijthoven, Angelo Vermeulen, Arise Wan and Jasper Wennekendonk.
Media of output: mixed media art installation.
Size: 15 x 5 x 3m.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventBredaPhoto Festival 2018: To Infinity and Beyond - Breda, Netherlands
Duration: 9 Sept 201825 Oct 2018

Bibliographical note

This artwork was created by the DSTART team (based at TU Delft and part of the SEADS collective). Angelo Vermeulen is founder and director of DSTART.


  • Art and science
  • Installation art
  • Space exploration
  • Interstellar exploration
  • Starship
  • Asteroid mining
  • ISRU
  • Bio-inspired design
  • Morphogenetic engineering
  • Emergence
  • Self-organisation


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