Ars Electronica Garden Santiago de Chile


PRISMA: Art, Science, Technology (CL)

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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 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”.

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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

PRISMA: Art, Science, Technology