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Thursday Night Live! Lecture: Making up Mars
do 11 mei 2017, 19:30 – 21:00 CEST
A night about the interplay between cultural, scientific and technical ideas related to living on Mars with Agata Kołodziejczyk (European Space Agency, ESA), artist Ivan Henriques and Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Het Nieuwe Instituut). The moderator is Aldje van Meer (Willem de Kooning Academy).
Since the 19th century, scientists, filmmakers and science-fiction authors have speculated about living on Mars. Under the influence of technological developments and capital injections from Silicon Valley new life has been blown into the possibilities Mars may offer. Furthermore, some fictional scenarios seem to be becoming reality. Or maybe not? During this edition of Thursday Night we will review possible or less probable scenarios for life on Mars. Discussions will revolve around the different value systems and terrestrial frames of reference from which they come, and the potential of speculative design research to reflect this. Klaas Kuitenbrouwer opens with a historical overview of Mars from a cultural perspective. Next, Agata Kołodziejczyk (ESA) examines ESA’s ‘Moon analogue mission’ and artist Ivan Henriques explains his ‘Mars Mariana’ project.
Agata Kołodziejczyk is a research fellow in the Advanced Concepts Team at the European Space Agency (ESA). It seems probable that in the future humans will live in more hostile environments, as a result of increased desertification on Earth or following the establishment of habitat settlements in space. To prepare for these contexts, ESA is looking into developing a Moon analogue mission facility to test future technologies, designs and services for living in space.
Ivan Henriques is a transdisciplinary artist and researcher working on multimedia installations that examine living systems. He explores hybrids of nature and (technological) culture to create new forms of communication between humans and other living organisms. He coordinates the Hybrid Forms Lab at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and was recently invited for the Overseas Creators Program in Japan. His most recent project ‘Mars Mariana, 2016’ took place within the framework of the ongoing research of Symbiotic Machines for Space Exploration (SyMSE, 2016–2018).
Klaas Kuitenbrouwer is an expert in digital culture at Het Nieuwe Instituut and as such focuses on relations between mediation, technology and culture. He is currently working on the ‘Gardening Mars’ research that will be presented in Het Nieuwe Instituut in 2018. This Thursday Night is part of the research ‘Symbiotic Machines for Space Exploration’ (SyMSE) by the Willem de Kooning Academy; VU University (VU), Amsterdam; Cefet/RJ and the European Space Agency (ESA). ‘Gardening Mars’ is an initiative of Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Also see: Lecture by Angelo Vermeulen, artist, biologist and captain of NASA’s Mars simulation mission: http://tuinvanmachines.hetnieuweinstituut.nl/activiteiten/ecologie-de-tuin-van-machines
In the Het Nieuwe Instituut Lecture Series, a diverse range of opinionated speakers will take the stage. The series’ starting point is its trans-disciplinary stance, which acknowledges that the architects of today’s changing world are miscellaneous by default. By sharing their knowledge and personal fascinations, they provide useful lenses to help us navigate the excess of information to distinguish signal from noise. They inspire, reflect and provide fuel for discussion, in doing so also reflecting upon their own discipline and the ways in which it is changing.