Mars Café

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2012 - "Mars Café"is a social intervention, where participants take an active role in the imagination of the future. The Café is planned as an ongoing international discussion forum that explores a diversity of perspectives about our collective futures. As an artistic project the discussions take place within a site-specific media work that references our connections to each other and to something larger – the planet Mars. At Arteles, the Mars Café was held in the “Mars lounge”. I transformed this everyday space to suggest a future movement by projecting a video onto the coffee table. The video figures the possibility of a trip starting as a circular cut through the coffee table. Then it reaches down to the centre of the earth, emerges on the other side and shoots up through space to the surface of Mars. The video is specific to the location of the Café and includes images from the room, satellite imagery and the textures and colours of the rocks that form local geology.