Kurt Medenbach
Terraform & Utopia: towards a new socialism on Mars

After nature had drawn a few breaths, the star cooled and congealed, and the clever beasts had to die.

Friedrich Nietzsche,
On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense

A collection of artefacts from a future colonisation of Mars. Gathered from a Mars thirty million years into the future: a future in which a polluted Earth has necessitated relocation to the hostile Planet. A planet where new myths are constructed from the remnants of our consumerist society. The installation questions a Futurist dream of a world saved by capitalism and places the utopian vision at the heart of the current world crisis. It blends elements of science fiction with the aesthetics of advertising and the utopian vision of French philosopher Charles Fourier. Fractured representations of the past are used to explore a contemporary world on the brink of collapse. Terraform & Utopia asks what a future colonised by capitalism and oversaturated with an aesthetics of the free market might look like.

MECHANICAL LUNG where the site of habitation is neutralised through the spreading of lemonade. Capitalism as saviour. Sugar and citrine - Aigrisel.
Fluid simulation, 3d Animation, Oxide, Plywood, Electronics, Raspberry Pi, fluorescent strapping, CRT television.
BORISKA KIPRIYANOVICH where the Martian breath is harnessed in service of the terraformers. Working towards tepid goals - Proletarianisation - Res Nul.
silenced air compressor, digital print, vinyl lettering.
INDIGO CHILD where Boriska, Martian reincarnate, is interviewed by the Camelot project. Warnings of the flood, Boreal fluid and the destruction of moderation. Musk as lifesaver.
Rapberry Pi, LCD, digital video on USB, 1.05.43 hours.
TERRAFORM & UTOPIA where dreams of the utopic are born. Sweat, Aigrisel energy and the mars bar embrace. Theobromine.
digital print on Alu-Dibond.
NEW PHALANX where Fourier’s vision is appropriated by the new technocrats. Pleasure, excess and inequality. The movement of the free spirit.
digital print on Alu-Dibond.
AIGRISEL where sprite fizz-ejaculate predicts future trajectory. Science as quasi-spiritual. Divination through capitalism. Haruspex.
digital print on Alu-Dibond.
TECH DADDY where the new ascetics toil on the surface of mars. Saint Anthony - Hieronymus Bosch. Death, Suffering, Salvation. Bondage and recapitulation.
digital print on Alu-Dibond, digital backlit print, neon tube, chain, fluorescent strapping, martian rock.