LEAVING BIOSPHERE 2 by Holly White and Naomi Pearce
A5, 36 page booklet, with game map, 3 game booklets and character sheets, risograph printed. 2021
Weaving together speculative narratives and historical accounts, this project takes as its starting point the scientific research facility Biosphere 2: the largest closed ecological system ever created. Completed in the early 1990s and located in the Arizona desert, eight “Biospherians” were sealed inside the three-acre glass enclosure to measure survivability. This controversial experiment met with obstacles such as interpersonal conflict and technological difficulties.
Leaving Biosphere 2 is a publication edited by Holly White and Naomi Pearce and designed by Saffa Khan, featuring a commissioned essay by Beth Bramich and series of artwork interventions by Uma Breakdown, Mariam Chaudhry, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Hardeep Pandhal, Linda Stupart and Julia Tcharfas. This publication also includes Quest to the South Lung and The Forest of Paper; two pen and paper role play games created during the developmental phases of the project in collaboration with Rumpus Room; an art and social action project working in collaboration with young people, children and families living in Govanhill.
Alongside this publication is the computer game by Holly https://cca-annex.net/entry/leaving-biosphere/ And the album soundtrack by Personnel https://personnel.bandcamp.com/album/leaving-biosphere-2