A futuristic town of biospheres in a desert plain with a double rainbow in the sky.

Spaceship Earth

Matt Wolf
Friday, February 26, 2021 at 6PM

“…a cautionary tale about how radical environmentalism and corporate interests aren’t the best bedfellows.”
—Matt Wolf (Utopia – Apeture 241 – Winter 2020)

Please join us for a screening of Spaceship Earth by award-winning documentary filmmaker Matt Wolf. The film brings a fresh perspective to the famed 1991 habitation experiment in which eight volunteers lived within a biosphere that replicated the earths ecosystem at the earth system science facility in Oracle, Arizona. By asking why these people wanted to embark on such a self-imposed quarantine in a closed-sustained environment, Spaceship Earth reminds us of the utopian promise and environmental ambition of Biosphere 2, the “brainchild of this countercultural group called the Synergists.” 

The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with Wolf on the history and production behind the project on Zoom. 

Main Image: Biosphere 2. Courtesy of NEON.

A group of people in red jumpsuits in a V formation posed inside of a biosphere filled with lush greenery.

Biosphere 2.

Courtesy of NEON

Official Trailer. Courtesy NEON.

Dates + Tickets

Spaceship Earth
Matt Wolf
Friday 26
6:00 PM
February 2021

This online event will take place on Friday, February 26 at 6PM and includes a screening and a live conversation online. Please register for links and details.

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Production Credits

This event is a collaboration between EMPAC and the iEAR Presents series, with support from RPI’s ARTS department and School of Humanities, Arts and Social Science. Funding has been provided by the Electronic Film and Media area of the New York Council on the Arts.


EMPAC Spring 2021 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with additional support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts; and Vlaamse Gemeenschap, department of Culture, Youth, and Media. Additional project support by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; New Music USA; CCS Bard; National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund; Creative Capital; the Graham Foundation; and the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan; Music on Main and PuSh Festival (with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, Lēna, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Action at a Distance, SFU Woodwards, The Scotiabank Dance Centre, and CCOV, as well as the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, Jim and Lisa Peers and an anonymous sponsor.)