Reflections on the Authorship of Space Technology

Griffin, J. (2015) ‘Reflections on the Authorship of Space Technology’. Space Policy, (33), pp. 4-7 DOI: 10.1016/j.spacepol.2015.06.001 [Online]. Available at: (Accessed: 19 January 2016).

The paper offers a proposition in which the notion of the 'ownership' of outer space is substituted for that of 'authorship'. The notion of authorship draws attention to the processes of critical thinking, re-contextualization and resistances to space technology that take place in social domains where no clear role exists either as audience or user of space technology. The proposition responds in part to interventions made by artists in recent years into the workplaces of space technologists and, incrementally, into the imaginaries that inform the kinds of activities that happen in space. Artistic processes expose the reception of space technology at an intimate scale where the agencies of the viewer to observe, absorb and rethink converge with the shaping of space technology via state mediation and space agency imperatives. The constituency of collective authorship to which space technologies are subject is revealed in unexpected ways through artistic intervention that suggests a reappraisal of some of the terms of reference guiding space policy.

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Seeing Chandrayaan: Large-scale Technology and Critical Intimacy

Griffin, J. (2014) InCirculation (To Participate: Global and Spatial Perspectives), 1 (4), [Online]. Available at: (Accessed: 11 January 2015).

The paper was written for a special issue of McGill University's online journal addressing participation and art practice.

Experience and Viewpoints in the Social Domain of Space Technology

Doctoral thesis. Citation: Griffin, J. (2014) Experience and Viewpoints in the Social Domain of Space Technology. Plymouth University, [Online]. Available at: (Accessed: 25 April 2015)

This thesis is about how space technology is experienced in the social domain and how its purpose is recast from different viewpoints. The approach taken foregrounds qualities of experience and viewpoint in which artists have a particular investment. This approach opens up the ways that affect, agency and authorship cross social domains that are directly and indirectly associated with the production of space technologies.

Hitchhiking to the Moon

Griffin, J. (2014) 'Hitchhiking to the Moon'. in La Frenais, R. (ed.) Manifesto for a Republic of the Moon. London: The Arts Catalyst. Also, (2013) Transtechnology Research Open Access Papers, [Online]. Available at: (Accessed: 4 October 2013)

This paper was written for an presented initially at the Small Satallites Symposium at the 64th International Astronautical Congress held in Naples in 2012. It has been extended though into a reflection on artist's atttempts to infiltrate the core discussions on space technology.

Science and Society

Citation: Griffin, J. (2013) 'Science and Society 2013: Some thoughts on the idea of bias and the idea of ignorance'. [Online] Situating Science. 29 October 2013. Available at: (Accessed: 25 April 2014)

This paper was written in response to questions raised in presentations by Sergio Sismondo and Carla Fehr at the Science and Society 2013 symposium held at the University of Ottawa

Moon Vehicle: Reflections from an artist-led workshop

Citation: Griffin, J. (2012) 'Moon Vehicle: Reflections from an artist’s-led children’s workshop on the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft's mission to the Moon'. Leonardo, 45 (3). pp 219-224 DOI: 10.1162/LEON_a_00363 [Online]. Available at: (Accessed: 2 May 2014). [Ranked no.1 of Leonardo articles in Altmetric social media survey]

This paper is mostly based on a two-week workshop held during 2009 at Drishya Learning Centre. It reflects on meanings of the Chandrayaan-1 Moon mission available from the perspective of a workshop co-produced with children from the Learning Centre situated close to the Indian space agency, mission scientists and Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology.

Small Satellite Symposium

Citation: Griffin, J. (2012) 'The incorporation of transdisciplinary thinking into the development of hitchhiking payloads'. 63rd International Astronautical Congress. Naples: 5 September 2012 International Astronautical Federation. [conference proceedings]

This paper was presented at the Small Satillite Symposium, 64th International Astronautical Congress and is an earlier version of 'Hitchhiking to the Moon'.

Artistic practice and autonomous spacefaring activities

Citation: Griffin, J. (2012) 'Artistic practice and autonomous spacefaring activities', 63rd International Astronautical Congress. Naples 5 October 2012. International Astronautical Federation. [conference proceedings]

This paper was presented on the same day as the "Hitchhiking to the Moon" paper but in the artist's symposium. It explores artistic practice as a means of recognising autonomous spacefaring agency: that is the agency or opportunity to pursue spacefaring activity independently of the more self-evident national or commercial producers of space technology. Examples of autonomous spacefaring activity include families launching high altitude balloons and the Brazilian movement Movimiento Sem Satelites, which uses exclusion from the technological project as a position of advantage. I talk about space-related workshops I have been involved in, such as Orbitando Satelites and the various activities of Moon Vehicle.

Orbitando Satélites

Citation: Griffin, J. (2011) 'About this Manual'. in Duque, A. (ed.) Orbitando Satélites [OS] Manual. Gijon: Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial and Arts Santa Monica, pp 2-3.

This is an introduction to the co-produced manual Orbitando Satélites made by participants of a workshop held at LABORAL in May 2011.

Global Lunar Conference

Citation: Griffin, J. (2010) 'Finding Meaning', Global Lunar Conference. Beijing, China. [conference proceedings]

This paper was presented at the Global Lunar Conference in Beijing and is a forerunner to the Moon Vehicle artocle published in Leonardo. It emphasises the aspiration to transformation that was a common bond between participants from the art and design school, the slum school and the space agency in their use the Chandrayaan-1 Moon mission.

Satellite Stories

Citation: Griffin, J. (2009) 'Satellite Stories: Immersion in the large-scale projection of Google Earth and Public Storytelling'. Leonardo Electronic Almanac, 16 (6-7), [Online]. Available at: (Accessed: 22 December 2013).

This was written for an edition about immersive data visualisation. My paper was about telling stories from Google Earth, an installation/activity in which participants stand in a waal-sized projection. It was the early days of Google earth and the paper was about the uncanny ability of the overhead image to elicit childhood memories of places.

Breaking the Surface

Citation: Griffin, J. (2005) 'Breaking the Surface'. Cultural Politics, 1 (2). pp 233-242

This paper is about a hunt for submarines and focuses on fieldwork carried out around Faslane in Scotland where the Tridaent submarine and the oldest Peace Camp in the UK are situated.


Citation: Griffin, J. & Müller, C. (1997) 'A Return Exhibition from Leipzig'. Printmaking Today, Autumn. And, Griffin, J. (1996) 'Collotype in Leipzig'. Printmaking Today, Spring

These are two short articles about a collotype printworkshop

Public Art in Philadelphia

Citation: Griffin, J. (1991) 'The Philadelphia Story: Public Art in Philadelphia'. Artists Newsletter, March.

This article written for Artists Newsletter was about public art projects in Philadelphia that I had researched as part of my undergraduate dissertation on the artist Mary Miss.