PRISMA presents a set of artistic projects that intertwine art, science and technology in different Chilean regions. SPACE / EARTH / WATER embody the broad natural diversity of the country, where planetary exploration, climate crisis, and the spatiotemporal behavior of biological phenomena are being simultaneously explored by artists and scientists. The projects share concerns about sustainability and resilience strategies in a constantly changing environment, through transdisciplinary practices that bridge the gap between artistic creation, scientific research, and technological media.
SPACE / EARTH / WATER TRIAD
SPACE/EARTH/WATER TRIAD is the local Garden curated by PRISMA: Art, Science, Technology and it displays the three main components of Chilean geography: Astronomy, Desert and Glaciers. The natural diversity of the country is exhibited throughout local projects that merge art, science and technology in different regions of the country. The curatorial narrative hence sketches two vertical lines: one of them extends from Sky to Earth (and even beyond), and then the other one runs through Chilean North to South linking the three elements of the triad.
The first axis, SPACE, revolves around astrobiology and planetary exploration, considering the correlations between the evolution of life and its deep link with terrestrial gravity. The second one, EARTH, focuses on the Atacama Desert, characterized by extreme climate, industrial intervention, archaeological remains, and scientific investigation around energetic resources and sustainability. The third axis, WATER, addresses the Schiaparelli Glacier in southern Patagonia, where water plays a crucial role in the context of the current climate crisis.
SPACE, EARTH and WATER become stars of a constellation explored through PRISMA´s website: XIRIUS. The site gathers images, videos, sounds, texts, and ideas regarding the three axes. The constellation pattern recalls the Canis Major, whose brightest star in the night sky is Sirius, also known as the “Dog Star”.
- SPEL | Space and Planetary Exploration Laboratory
- kmnchk Scanlab
- CDA | Centro del Desierto de Atacama
- CMM | Center for Mathematical Modeling, University of Chile
- IEB | Instituto de Ecología y Biodiversidad
Luis Guzmán (CL)
This axis presents an art and science project by Luis Guzmán which consists of taking Phaeodactylum tricornutum diatoms (microalgae) to the International Space Station and subjecting them to Martian microgravity and zero gravity. The project has been part of Sojourner 2020 (MIT), the first ultraterrestrial museum of post- human art. In PRISMA´s garden, the artist presents the outcomes of his research after the Sojourner experience.
Mauricio Lacrampette (CL), Sebastián Arriagada (CL)
This axis is represented by KMNCHK ScanLab, a landscape laboratory directed by Mauricio Lacrampette dedicated to exploring the camanchaca: a characteristic coastal fog of the northern dry region of Chile. The project presents fog-scans where the motile traces of water droplets become manifest, visualizing air turbulence and unveiling the dynamic, chaotic and ever-changing inner geometry of the cloud.
Claudia Müller & Matías Labbé (CL)
This axis exhibits a project developed by artists Claudia Müller and Matías Labbé, with glaciologist Francisco Aguirre and biologist Héctor Ortiz. Through images and sound, Hexa materializes a selection of data related to the retreat of the Schiaparelli Glacier, located in the Magallanes Region, such as fluctuations in energy, changes in water level, and speed of the ice flow.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
General coordinator: Valentina Serrati
Curatorship: Jazmín Adler
Web art design: Claudia Müller
Scientific coordinator: Alejandro Jofré
PRISMA´s Institutions and Partners:
Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Dean of the Departmente of Arts: Alexei Vergara. Director of Arts & Culture: Miryam Singer. Vice-counsellor of Research: Pedro Bouchon. Atacama Desert Center (CDA). Director: Pablo Osses
University of Chile. Dean of the Department of Engineering: Francisco Martínez. Director of the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM): Alejandro Maass. Director of ther Laboratory for Space and Planetary Exploration (SPEL): Marcos Díaz.
Alice Liang, Ph.D., Director of the Microscopy Laboratory. NYU Langone Health. NYU School of Medicine.
Mark Hurd. Associate Algal Curator, National Center for Marine Algae, USA.
Francisco Aguirre G. Programa de Conservación Biocultural Sub-Antartica, Parque Etnobotánico Omora, Universidad de Magallanes- Instituto de Ecología y Biodiversidad.
Space and Planetary Exploration Laboratory (SPEL)
Magallanes University. Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB). Director, professor and researcher: Dr. Ricardo Rozzi.
MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative. Sojourner 2020 Curator: Xin Lu. Artist & Researcher: Nicole L’Huillier.
SPACE: Cosmoecology (Luis Guzmán – CL). Immersive Experience / performative talk with artist & researcher Nicole L’Huillier (CL)
EARTH: Nebula (Mauricio Lacrampette – CL). Documentary / live streamed, site specific performance in Alto Patache.
WATER: Hexa (Claudia Müller & Matías Labbé – CL). Immersive sound and visual environment / live guided tour to Omora Park in Puerto Williams
This project is a cooperation between the Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio, the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores | Gobierno de Chile and Ars Electronica