The Museum’s gift shop opened 2 years ago. So far it has been moderately successful with some items being especially treasured by their owners. These cubes are replicas of those found on one of the early explorations of other planets. People on a small planet orbiting the minor star Sol were especially interested in the idea that these were originally made on a planet that was losing its blue identity as, warming up, the dry heat evaporated water away.
The red planet
On a deteriorating planet in orbit round Sol there was a lot of interest in the idea of colonising another planet in their solar system. Despite being inhospitable to animal and plant life as they knew it due to its intense radiation, the humans who were interested talked up the idea of colonising first the moon round their own planet and then the red planet Mars. Research was done into how humans could live there, including using the Martian regolith to build domes that humans could safely live in. Exhibitions showed models of these and the most up to date rovers. Artists created artworks that showed the planet in its 3D glory.
The tedium of days …just another Blursday
Meanwhile on Terra the small blue plant close to Sol, the plague continued. People grew tired as one day leached into the other, days and months grew longer and bleaker.
R U Woke 2 Choke
– Air Pollution became an issue as scientists and then the public realised that the internal combustion engine was poisoning their cities. In 2020 it was realised that there seemed to be a correlation between excessive air pollution and areas heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the first that swept this small planet in the 2000s.
In the archive museum interns found fragments of old servers. On these were some videos* including this short one –
*video – a format originating in the 20th century and then went digital in the 21st.
MOSE is delighted to be examining further artefacts that were brought from the VOID by the Balinger Freight Company. In surprisingly good condition this textile piece seems to date from the early 21st Century. From our most up to date historical records MOSE believes it came from one of the Exoplanets circling the small star SOL. Research is now suggesting that this era was a time of increasing heat on one of those planets (reaching, on occasion, 38C at one of the poles) causing wildfires, drought, and extreme weather situations. Plagues of locusts killed crops. Viruses stalked the lands. ATISHOO, the curators imagine, was in reference to the latter.
Archival works a glimpse of the past
Here at MOSE curators have working to catalogue the latest delivery of 21st century archival work from the SOL system. Despite some damage due to poor storage this reveals how some artists future-scoped the century – in this case the introduction of new technology to fundamentally edit and change DNA. From genetic tourism – 2045 to Bio engineered young blood 2055 to fishing dogs with gills – 2075.
Back in the early 2100s micropigs – engineered using the then new gene editing system CRISPR, were the rave pets for people increasingly forced to live in small homes. As space exploration took off in the late 2800s pets were not allowed on newly terra-formed planets, space stations and moons, and an industry took shape of original micropig sculptures catering for the retro tastes of many settlers. MOSE has a small but growing collection of these.
The Void continues to provide interesting items as the Balinger Freight Company swings by and robotically picks up tons of items for inspection. codeforward:codebackward is actually reconstituted from pieces that had fallen apart in the pickup process (an occupational hazard in deep space retrieval). MOSE’s experts have examined the pieces that remain, and have concluded provisionally that these ceramic pieces were perhaps once trialled as data storage for longevity and encased in lead for protection. Like many other trials of these types of devices their time came and went – then – destined for the Void.
Out from the Void
The Balinger Freight Company has delivered a number of cone ‘devices’ to MOSE on a shuttle returning from an area near the red dwarf system that includes the planet X394.
This is a worrying development as these devices have been sold by rogue traders – with the premise that they can detect some of the mysterious poisons that exist in deep space. They have since been tested thoroughly by our bio-security laboratories – and they have reported that the colouring of these objects has merely changed as they reacted to less harmful substances. Beware!