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The Other Side Of Mars - Film Screening and Q&A with Minna Långström and Mira Calix

9 December 2019 | 6pm – 7pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre


Filmed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and neighbouring observatories, this film creates a philosophical journey into the peculiar world of Martian photography. Through the lenses of various scientists and engineers, we learn how NASA's images are made, used and manipulated for the sake of science, but also public information. Mars is the ideal place for an investigation into our paradoxical relationship to photography. Do images reflect reality or shape it?

Mira Calix is an award-winning artist and composer based in the United Kingdom. Music and sound, which she considers a sculptural material, are at the centre of her practice. Her work explores the manipulation of the material into visible, physical forms through multi-disciplinary installations, sculpture, video and performance works. Calix’s practice is deliberately disjunctive, allowing research, site and subject to influence a fluid choice of materials and mediums. Calix has been commissioned by and exhibited and performed works in many leading cultural institutions, festivals and ensembles internationally, most recently the Hayward Gallery, Serpentine Galleries, the 1st Coventry Biennial, the Royal Shakespeare Company, UK in China 2015 cultural exchange program, Carriageworks, MONA, Performa, the Barbican, Art Basel, Lincoln Center, Manchester International Festival and the London Olympics among others.

Minna Långström is a media artist and film director from Helsinki, Finland. Her work focuses on social perspectives of technologically mediated narratives and visual technologies, and how their histories influence the present. In addition to short films and documentaries, she has worked extensively with film as a non-linear element of her immersive installations. Her films have been screened at festivals such as Tampere Film Festival, Jihlava IDFF, and Bergen International Film Festival and her film installations exhibited at museums such as the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki and Frankfurter Kunstverein. Her latest film The Other Side of Mars brought her in contact with geologists, astrobiologists and NASA engineers involved with the current Mars missions. Premiering at the DocPoint Documentary Film Festival 2019, the film looks at the role of images in these missions.