E|A|S (Evolving Asteroid Starships): Vita Kuben

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DSTART (TU Delft Starship Team) is a multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, architects and artists developing next-generation concepts for interstellar exploration. DSTART aims to critically explore ideologies underpinning space exploration paradigms, and tries to propose alternative concepts. The installation in Vita Kuben was created by Nils Faber, Anton Dobrevski, Amélie Kim, Joris Putteneers, Sharon van Rijthoven, Angelo Vermeulen, Arise Wan and Jasper Wennekendonk. The hostile and unpredictable environment of deep space requires a new conceptual approach for interstellar flight, one that differs radically from any current design in aerospace. Using biology as inspiration, E|A|S suggests creating starships that physically grow and evolve during their journey. Resources extracted through asteroid mining are used to 3D print new components of the ship in an almost endless process of adaptation. The DSTART team is currently developing concept studies and computer simulations to test these ideas. The art installation is a combination of a large-scale animated video, a composition of monitors with moving and still images, and a living plant sculpture. The animations and still images are visual studies of the E|A|S project.
Media of output: mixed media art installation.
Size: 5 x 2,5 x 2 m.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventDSTART - Norrlandsoperan, Umeå, Sweden
Duration: 15 Mar 201919 Apr 2019

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-organization


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