HABITAT FOR DEEP SPACE

_2016-2020​   

​  Habitat for deep space, is a relational and installation artistic project, it begins as a reflexive and collaborative proposal that turns into an indefinite anthropological archive, an accumulation of boxes and objects that generate a collective imagination, a symbolic recreation of what is essential for survival of the human, of the social, to address concepts such as territory, property, migration or colonization ...

   Project directed by Tania García, with the collaboration of Sonia Cabrera Pinto, Jorge Ruíz Falcón, Sofía García Joaquim, Fran Ruiz Falcón, María Abía Rodríguez, Noelia Rodriguez Hndz, Tatiana Ribell Alonso, Manuel Ángel Pereda Viña, Nidia Van Allen, Igone Urquiza Valiente, Pedro Déniz, Luis Lanchares Lanchares Bardaji, Luis Eduardo Carballo Pérez, Silvia Zurro, Davinia Jiménez Gopar, Analía Beltrán i Jades, Pilar Gonzalez Concepción, Cristina Molowny, Cristina Suarez, Guayarmina Rijo Molina, Abraham Riverón Miranda, Mabel Martín, Javier de la Rosa, Sylvain, Macarena Guijarro del Castillo, Belén Ingiro, Jorge García... ¿Quieres participar? 

   The idea of "other possible worlds" has driven human beings from their origins towards the creation of an imaginary that articulates the possibility of life on a different planet; from magical approaches to scientists, through the most futuristic images that border on the dystopian. (Im)Possible worlds that will open the door to future lives.

   Different perspectives that suppose an almost inherent longing for the human essence: the mystery, the fear of the unknown and the full emptiness of the universe, added to the colonizing ego, which seeks to establish itself in the dominant species of Outer Space and the need for a planet to start from scratch. This last approach has gained special importance for decades: the apocalyptic visions that advocate futures of destruction generate the need for a planet to flee once the resources of Earth are exhausted.

   Since probes began to be sent to Mars in the sixties, the idea that the red planet was the destiny of our civilization gains strength and many begin to imagine what our life would be like in another world. Scientists raise what requirements the suits need to allow us to adapt to their "small atmosphere"; what materials would be able to isolate the human body from the radioactive particles to which the body is subjected on the trip, under what conditions could we cultivate, etc. In the popular imaginary, long before, science fiction has created conflicting worlds, stellar and interstellar tensions, failed colonizations and not so much ...

   But finally, when the time comes, the issues to be discussed, those that concern all human beings, those that would be spoken not only in the circles of scholarship or in those of pure fantasy would be those related to the implementation of models. What kind of political system? What development model ? Can we imagine a natural paradise that emulates the lost Earth or we will respect that territory? How do we develop the model of change? And also ... Who would be the elect to colonize? Who would choose them? If we were looking for a representation of the terrestrial plurality ... wouldn't it generate on Mars the same conflicts? Would it be possible to start from scratch?

   The idea about the absence of pre-constituted territory, leads us to think about the utopia of individuals who would not belong to anything previously, all there would be the same: words like foreigner, refugee, immigrant or stateless would not make sense in an idyllic Mars that is born to welcome the

survivors of an extinct world. Would this kind of "Martian colony" be possible in these terms of harmony or would it really reproduce the land models already implanted in the memory of the colonists?

On the other hand, the approaches to life on another planet are tested by the “habitats for deep space”, these colonies designed to live in orbit in a self-sufficient way represent that pressing need to find practical solutions, the step before to the definitive establishment. .. However, it is tempting to change the meaning, what if when we talk about "deep space" instead of referring to Outer Space we are referring to Inner Space? That almost black depth, that inner world that would become the journey; ghosts that would emerge to remind us of the insignificance of our presence in an infinite and indecipherable universe ... finally, that black, very black absolute in which we are going to lose ourselves, the vertigo of the immeasurable abyss ... How would it affect us as individuals? How should we prepare? What would happen to our identity? This exhibition raises the need to prepare one's own habitat, the one that configures the very essence of the individual, the one that we do not want to transform: how do we face the outer journey from the inner space?

   If tomorrow you were invited to go to Mars...

   What would luggage be?

_______________________Tania García 2021