Tom Sachs – Engineering and Art

During spring intersession, I had the opportunity to visit the Park Avenue Armory in New York for the Tom Sachs, SPACE PROGRAM: MARS.

Tom Sachs is sculptor, painter, installation artist who uses engineering to create works that question the capitalist culture in our everyday lives.

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.”

For more information about his exhibit: http://tomsachsmars.com/index.html

The video below is a trailer for his space demonstration.

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