Join us at UTS Gallery for the opening of a major solo exhibition by Adam Norton, whose diverse practice examines science, technology and space exploration as a means to ask bigger questions about the power structures that govern our lives.
My Trip to Mars will transform UTS Gallery into a replica of the surface of Mars. Rather than a research tool for scientists, this Mars yard will stage the conditions for a speculative future where a trip to the red planet is as easy as a visit to the local hardware store. The surface of the Mars diorama will be littered with objects seemingly souvenired from such an adventure. The modesty of these objects defy the major technological and economic barriers befalling real manned Mars missions, and draw us in with their materiality. The exhibition combines the speculative drive of science fiction with the artistic impulse of experimentation, inviting the viewer to become the explorer.
My Trip to Mars brings together recent sculpture, installation and video works, including Space Yurt, a habitation unit for a solo space explorer; and The Mars Project, a video work made during a residency with Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and managed by Museums & Galleries of NSW.
PUBLIC PROGRAM: Panel discussion, “Life on Mars: artists and experts discuss the possibilities”. Monday 17 August, 6:00 – 7:30pm, UTS Gallery.
My Trip To Mars is presented as part of National Science Week and Sydney Science Festival, and continues to 28 August.