Biosphere 2 was touted on its launch in 1991 as a "living art form" in
addition to being a prototype Mars colony and a vehicle for investigating holistic
theories of ecology. The project quickly became embroiled in controversy with
the "discovery" by investigative journalists that the project's founders
were not "real" scientists but rather a theater company/commune with
alleged cult tendencies. Eventually, its owner, Ed Bass, hired Columbia University
to manage the facility as a more conventional hard science research center. It
is also a popular tourist attraction.
Biospheria, An Environmental Opera,
was created by Steve Ausbury and Anthony Burr, and performed in March 2001 at
UCSD. Animations for Biospheria were
created by Rachel Mayeri as a scene for the opera. The music for the loops
by Anthony Burr.
"Visualizing Biospheria" is a video installation for gardenLAb,
showing loops of environmental degradation and rejuvenation, and the cycles of
energy and material exchange in the closed system of the office park.