Story of Space 2017

THE STORY OF SPACE 2017 is an interdisciplinary experience that explores space under the thematics of physics, philosophy, politics, and perception, and the intersections thereof. They engage artists, scientists, educators, and philosophers to create informal learning experiences for all ages that culminates into a 10 day festival.

The Story of Foundation builds learning spaces through interactions, experiences, installations and multimedia techniques. In light of the knowledge of the negative impacts on the environment and the impact that Story of Space has through its festivals, Replenish at the Story of Space questions the impact of our waste disposal habits beyond national borders.

At the Story of Space Festival in Goa, we aim to explore the psychology of waste and the impact that it has on our local ecosystem. We often keep our private spaces clean, but there is a physical divide between the public and private spaces and how we care for them. What are the repercussions of waste disposal on unclaimed sites? Who monitors these and who is held responsible? Do these spaces belong to anyone? What are possible future projections of this long dying habit of hiding our waste in spaces we think belong to no one?

Apart from looking at the manifestation of this on land, we question the impact our waste disposal habits on the ocean - regarded as neutral territories. In an endeavor to disown our waste, we have now successfully started to alter the delicate balance of the marine world.

At the Story of Space, we want to start understanding this system through the perspective of the jellyfish bloom, which has recently been discussed at length. For years we have known that jellyfish are a really important part of the marine ecosystem. It is also suggested that in “normal conditions” jellyfish are good for the natural environment, whereas due to long lasting blooms they may have a negative impact. 

Jellyfish are ancient, beautiful and integral to the ecosystem. Can jellyfish play an important role in helping recreate the balance of the marine ecosystem? What are possible future projections of this long dying habit of hiding our waste in spaces we think belong to no one? Can we document, understand, reflect on this change in the context of the jellyfish bloom in the Goan marine life ecosystem?