Thursday, May 17, 2012

Event: Space Program: Mars

Artist Tom Sachs manning Mission Control at SPACE PROGRAM: MARS 

SPACE PROGRAM is an immersive space odyssey - an installation of dynamic and meticulously crafted sculptures and multimedia displays exploring the notion of space travel to the red planet. Sachs arranged a collection of launch platforms, mission control stations, exploratory vehicles, and other finely crafted components vital to an actual space launch.  The exhibit is opened now through June 17. Check out more photos at Wired's Underwire blog.
"Using his signature bricolage technique and simple materials that comprise the daily surrounds of his New York studio, Sachs engineers the component parts of the mission—exploratory vehicles, mission control, launch platforms, suiting stations, special effects, recreational amenities, and Mars landscape—exposing as much the process of their making as the complexities of the culture they reference.

SPACE PROGRAM: MARS is a demonstration of all that is necessary for survival, scientific exploration, and colonization in extraterrestrial environs: from food delivery systems and entertainment to agriculture and human waste disposal. Sachs and his studio team of thirteen will man the installation, regularly demonstrating the myriad procedures, rituals, and tasks of their mission. The team will also "lift off" to Mars several times throughout their residency at the Armory, with real-time demonstrations playing out various narratives from take-off to landing, including planetary excursions, their first walk on the surface of Mars, collecting scientific samples, and photographing the surrounding landscape."

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