What is the Space Song Foundation?
The Space Song Foundation is a non-profit organization started by visionary artists and scientists to design and fabricate technology that supports long-range space missions, while promoting long-term thinking at the intersection of art, science, and design. The Tree of Life is the primary project of the SSF. The team is co-led by artist Julia Christensen (LACMA Art + Tech Lab awardee, Guggenheim fellow, Creative Capital fellow, and chair of the studio art department at Oberlin College), and Steve Matousek (NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab’s Advanced Concepts Manager at the Innovation Lab, who has led over 20 major mission proposals and worked on or managed missions from the Voyager to Juno to MarCo, and was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2012). Other team members include Dr. Alessandra Babuscia, (Telecommunications engineer at NASA/JPL who has led radio communication for missions from Venus (VERITAS) to Mars (Mars 2020)); Joel Ferree, (Director of LACMA’s Art + Tech Lab); Judy Lai-Norling, (COO of Carbon Mapper, an initiative that tracks methane and COs point-source emissions from air and space); Roger Klemm, (space mission test engineer at NASA/JPL); and sound engineer Tom Hall, (artist and developer at Cycling ‘74 (Max/MSP)).