MARS VS NATURE

Generative art installation

Mars vs Nature was exhibited for the first time in May 2019 in Lapinlahti gallery, Helsinki, during the group exhibition Ristiallokko/Cross waves.

Exhibition text: Mars vs Nature exposes the visitor to weather data from UV light, temperature and wind, but instead of showing the data as numbers, it is displayed as coloured light, heat/cold and wind. 

On the left, weather data from a home-built weather station placed outdoors at Lapinlahti is displayed, and on the right, NASA’s open-source weather data from the planet Mars. The art piece lets the visitor take in the difference between the two planets though sensory input rather than numbers and logic. 

Mars vs Nature uses weather data from Mars and Lapinlahti by interpreting the values of UV light, temperature and wind. The data from Mars is coming from NASA and the data from Lapinlahti are taken from weather station which is built by the artist and installed close by. The art piece lets the visitor take in the difference between the two planets though sensory input rather than numbers and logic. 

Our world is built upon cultural dualities such as nature/technology, emotions/logic and life/death. Using the two planets as symbols of these dualities, where Earth is life and Mars is death, the artist wants to question the current route of exploitation and colonization, leading to the destruction of Nature. In the meantime, colonization of Mars is presented by some as an alternative survival strategy. Mars is the untouched planet, free from mines, buildings and other traces of civilization. But also free from life, as far as we know. A dead planet. The average temperature on Mars is around minus 60 degrees Celsius and dust storms are frequent, sometimes going on for months at a time.