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Un-peeling the layers of our underground future

We look up to the sky and imagine that our future belongs on distant planets, among celestial bodies and sophisticated robots. But many would argue that there is a far more fascinating world right here, beneath our feet. The underground is probably the last bastion for real exploration on earth. It’s not just the place where sewage, subways and rodents run wild, it is also where we extract the minerals that shape and power our electronic devices. It is the space where we bury our nuclear waste and deposit submarine cables that make fast communication between continents possible. It is the place where governments and companies store their most secret codes, papers and even genetic materials. And if we believe the ‘preppers’ but also a growing number of urban planners, it might be where we will have to live when extreme weather conditions make our life on the surface near unbearable. So, is the future lying beneath our feet ?



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Regine Debatty

Régine Debatty is a writer, curator, critic, and founder of, a blog that has received several awards, including 2 Webby and an honorary mention at the STARTS Prize, a competition that acknowledges ” innovative projects at the interface of science, technology and art”. Régine writes and lectures internationally about the way in which artists, hackers, and designers use technology as a medium for critical discussion. She also created A.I.L. (Artists in Laboratories), a weekly radio program about the collaborations between art and science for Resonance104.4fm in London (2012–14), and is the co-author of the “sprint book” New Art/Science Affinities, published by Carnegie Mellon University.