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Vue d’Optique


Installation, 2020, dimensions variable
2 glass panes, photograph, video, 2 sound sources (directeds peakers), colored etching, museum-like explanatory plates 
Photograph between glass panes: print on «Epson Inkjet Glans», 70x124,5 cm, Planet Mars’ «Bonneville»-Crater.
The photo was retrospectively edited (re-coloured) by NASA to make it earth-like in order to convince potential investors of the current «Colonization of Mars» (NASA) program.

Soundscapes: Recordings of original voices as well as computer-generated voices. The word «Planet Mars» in fifteen rarely spoken Planet Earth languages. These names for «Planet Mars» have been recently used to name features on Planet Mars / Extra-terrestrial, original recordings from Planet Mars’ surface, July 16, 2019 (Sol 226)






An installation featuring mysterious drone images, original recordings from the planet Mars and a museum-like scenography that challenges the viewing and listening habits of the observer: Byske, Peixe, Zhigou. These are the names of small towns in Sweden, Brazil and China respectively. However, they have also lent their names to three different craters on the planet Mars. The Red Planet is currently being mapped and its geographic features named as part of NASA’s exploration program for the planet Mars. Some features are named after small towns from across the globe while others are named using words from languages that are rarely spoken on Earth.
The audio-visual installation «Vue d’Optique» enables the observer to confront their ideas of ‹discovery›, ‹colonialism› and ‹development› and, at a theoretical level in particular, to follow the example of the equality activist and cosmologist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, who suggests we replace these words with the phrase «new to us».