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The Planet After Geoengineering

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07 
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Central Pavilion
  • Admission with ticket

Rania Ghosn (Lebanese, b.1977) and El Hadi Jazairy (Algerian, b.1970) of DESIGN EARTH (USA, est.2010)



In five geostories, The Planet After Geoengineering makes climate engineering and its controversies visible and public in a speculative planetary section that cuts from the deep underground to the surface, atmosphere, and into outer space. Each geostory— Petrified Carbon, Arctic Albedo, Sky River, Sulfur Storm, and Dust Cloud—portrays the Earth following the deployment of a specific technique and situates such promisory visions within a genealogy of climate-control projects ranging from nineteenth-century rainmaking machines to Cold War military plans. These cautionary tales for the Anthropocene unsettle geopolitics to present a new politics of the Earth that brings forth questions regarding which lifeforms are in need of being safeguarded, from what threat, by which actors and means, to which ends, and at which costs. The premise of this work is that the architectural project, as a narrative speculative practice, can galvanize such an essential shift toward public communication that explains the climate crisis as it anticipates other possible worlds.

Biennale Sneak Peek

Image 1 – How will we live together?
The Planet After Geoengineering, Chapter V: Dust Cloud, Drawing 24. The Respirator Goddess blows the breath of life into the planet.


Image 2 – Sneak peek of the project
The Planet After Geoengineering, Chapter V: Dust Cloud, Drawing 25. Welcome to the climate emergency! Swirling whorls of dust sweep through barren lands.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Art, Science & Technology
University of Michigan Taubman
College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Production credits

Rania Ghosn + El Hadi Jazairy, Ayusha Ariana, Reid Fellenbaum, Monica Hutton, Kelly Koh, Meng-Fu Kuo, Anhong Li, Joude Mabsout, Avery Nguyen, Michael Stradley, Jane (Jia) Weng

Animation Music: Christine Southworth & Evan Ziporyn; ©2021 Airplane Ears Music (ASCAP)
Narration: Evan Ziporyn

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