Public Art Program: For a shared (outer)space

Program Contact

Jerónimo Reyes-Retana


Playa Bagdad (Tamaulipas, MX) is a socioeconomically disadvantaged fishing community with approximately 1500 residents. The community’s history has been influenced by its location at the US-Mexico border and the uneven effects of decades of neoliberal policies. With the construction of SpaceX’s main launch port in the adjacent settlement of Boca Chica (Texas, US), Playa Bagdad now faces an uncertain future due to extreme noise pollution and ongoing colonial practices of erasure. By creating a public art program on outer space education, this proposal aims to make visible a situation of systemic negligence that, ironically, remains in silence. The “Public Art Program: (un)learning outer space” is conceived as a communitarian act of resistance that will use an inflatable planetarium as an educational and political arena. Program participants will engage in multi-sensory and interactive experiences. We will use the planetarium to host information sessions and discussion panels about the environmental and cultural impact of living with SpaceX in the backyard. The program includes the participation of community members and other specialists working in space exploration, ecological justice and art/culture.

  • Public Art Program: (un)learning about outer space

    Additional Info

    Community youth will engage in multi-sensory, interactive experiences in the planetarium. We will host information sessions and discussion panels there about the environmental and cultural impact of living with SpaceX in the backyard.


    outside US


    10/13/2023 - 10/14/2023

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    Not Applicable

Sponsoring Units

  • College of Media, Communication and Information

  • Department of Critical Media Practices

Audiences Served

  • Historically Excluded/Marginalized/Non-dominant Group(s)
  • Socioeconomically Disadvantaged