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Personhood for the Entire Planet Mars
Nonhuman Nonsense

Planetary Personhood

A Universal Declaration of Martian Rights.

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Planetary Personhood is an interplanetary campaign pursuing radical space decolonization. The project proposes independent personhood for the entire planet Mars, and considers the possibility of solidarity with the entities already there - the stones!
Can we be kind to a planet, even without “life”?

As NASA, SpaceX, and others, now attempt to bring earthlings to Mars, Planetary Personhood is an opportunity to free ourselves from the conceptual baggage of earthly traditions and systems. Seeking to move away from the dualistic divide between living beings and inanimate matter, the project invites us to a new way of relating to a planetary whole, and to the myriad of nonhuman forces and actants that surround us.

Experimenting with how this mindset would collide with Earthlings and their institutions, the project introduces a Universal Declaration of Martian Rights:

1. Let Mars Be Mars
2. Recognize All Martians
3. Welcome to Earth Allan!
4. Mars Is Not Terra Nullius
5. Honor Nonlife: End Biocentrism
6. Stones Are Our Ancestors
7. Respect Other Ways of Being
8. Martian Matter Matters

Mars will be owned by Mars – any decisions regarding Martian matters would therefore be taken by Mars, a new legal entity with rights protected in a martian constitution, represented by human guardians from diverse knowledge systems on Earth.

DDW will be the first digital reveal of the project, launching a movement pursuing personhood for the planet Mars!

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Nonhuman Nonsense

Nonhuman Nonsense is a research-driven design and art studio creating near-future fabulations and experiments somewhere between utopia and dystopia. They seek to transmute our relationship to the non-human, by embracing the contradictory and the paradoxical – telling stories that open the public imaginary to futures that currently seem impossible. Founded by Leo Fidjeland and Linnea Våglund, it is based between Berlin and Stockholm.