Stephen Hawking’s Warning :

Abandon Earth__Or Face Extinction

“I see great dangers for the human race. There have been a number of times in the past when its survival has been a question

of touch and go. The Cuban missile crisis in 1963 was one of these.

The frequency of such occasions is likely to increase in the future. We shall need great care and judgment to negotiate them all successfully. But I’m an optimist. If we can avoid disaster for the next two centuries, our species should be safe, as we spread into space.

“If we are the only intelligent beings in the galaxy, we should make sure we survive and continue. But we are entering an increasingly dangerous period of our history. Our population and our use of the  nite resources of planet Earth, are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill. But our genetic code still carries thesel sh and aggressive instincts that were of survival advantage in the past. It will be dif cult enough to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million.

“Our only chance of long term survival is not to remain inward looking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space.” We have made remarkable progress in the last hundred years. But if we want to continue beyond the next hundred years, our future is in space.

That is why I’m in favorof manned, or should I say ‘personed,’ space flight.”

Abandon Earth__Or Face Extinction

Performance _ Aix en Provence, septembre 2012

Abandon Earth_Or Face Extinction

Performance _ Rabat, décembre 2018

Voix électronique gravée sur  fils d’acier

Pièce unique

Abandon Earth__Or Face Extinction

Vidéo loop 02:43 minutes (couleur, stéréo)

© Karim Rafi _ Courtesy of the artist,

L’appartement 22 Rabat