The project ‘Next Space Rebels, Reclaim the Orbit’, by media artist Floris Kaayk is obscured criticism to the dangers of further commercialising the internet. Next Space Rebels is an international community of engineers, software experts and hackers who fight for decentralisation of space travel and the indepence of the internet.
In the first stage of the project, Next Space Rebels will create the Rebel Network, a new, independent internet. This autonomous satellite network does not have any form of state censorship, tracking or any violation of privacy. As a pilot of open-source aerospace-programme Next Space Rebels, a Radome Groundstation will be placed at the Campina factory during Dutch Design Week 2018. It allows visitors within a +/- 80 m radius to connect to the Rebel Network. The first names of artists performing on STRP festival will be shared with the public exclusively via the Rebel Network.
Floris Kaayk (Tiel, 1982) is a Dutch filmmaker, designer and digital story teller. Both of his projects The Modular Body and Human Birdwings gained world press attention.
With his new project Next Space Rebels he examines the independence of the internet and takes action to build a new one.