M-Ark (Microbiome Ark) – Border Sessions

M-Ark (Microbiome Ark)

Weaving together panspermia, microbiomes, human evolution, and a dire pessimism about the future of our species, Byron Rich‘s newest artistic products entitled M-Ark or Microbiome Ark take a critical technolosolutionist approach to dealing with the question of whether we will survive ourselves. Through the development of a microbiome ark that sits in low-earth orbit for thousands of years before crashing back to the earth’s surface, Byron is trying to bring awareness to the severity of the threat to our very existence posed by apathetic politics, divisive and anti-intellectual rhetoric, and profit margins over progress.


Byron Rich is an artist, professor and lecturer born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His work exploring speculative design, biology futures and tactical media has been widely shown and spoken about internationally. He pursued a degree in New-Media at The University of Calgary before finding himself in Buffalo, New York where he obtained an MFA in Emerging Practices at The University at Buffalo. He now teaches Electronic Art & Intermedia at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.



Thursday 14 June


13:15 - 13:45

Session type



Filmhuis Den Haag – The Bliss Suite