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Mars

The Red Mirror

This exhibition looks at our relationship with Mars, from antiquity to the present day. Science, art and literature come together in a major exhibition project that coincides in time with the arrival of three space missions to the Red Planet. Mars. The Red Mirror explores our condition and future as a species and the ultimate nature of the universe we live in.

Miquel Sureda

Exploració pacífica, colonització i explotació de l’espai

Míriam Cano, Toni Pou, Joan Fontcuberta, and Toni Soler

A Swarm of Worlds

On the occasion of the publication of the latest issue of the magazine El Món d’Ahir, devoted to the cosmos, the poet Míriam Cano, the physicist and journalist Toni Pou, and the artist and essayist Joan Fontcuberta discuss, in a conversation moderated by the magazine’s editor Toni Soler, the shared imaginaries engendered by fascination with the universe.

Ignasi Ribas

Cerca de vida, consciència alienígena i civilitzacions

Inside the red mirror

Juan Insua

This is a virtual space where you can imagine your own view of Mars: god, symbol and planet in its different metamorphoses. You may have visited the exhibition or simply clicked on to this page skipping between links and other everyday internet browsings.

Carme Jordi and Xavier Luri

Mars: Cosmos

A conversation between the astrophysicists Carme Jordi and Xavier Luri about the latest advances in observation of space and the big questions about the cosmos that are yet to be answered.

Miquel Sureda, Mariona Badenas, Laura Benítez and Ignasi Ribas

Mars: Testing

The physicist and engineer Miquel Sureda, the astrophysicist and MIT researcher Mariona Badenas, and the philosopher Laura Benítez speak in a session moderated by the astrophysicist Ignasi Ribas about space as territory for scientific speculation and testing.

Ricard Solé and Guillem Anglada-Escudé

Mars: Frontier

Professor Ricard Solé (UPF-ICREA), an expert in complex systems analysis and synthetic biology, speaks with the astrophysicist Guillem Anglada-Escudé (UB), co-founder of the Nüwa project, about space exploration as the last frontier of science which will possibly mark a new stage for humanity.

Kim Stanley Robinson

Mars: Utopia

The writer Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars Trilogy speaks with the cultural researcher José Luis de Vicente about space as a driver of contemporary utopian thought.

Jordi Principal: “War is a ritualised manifestation of violence”

Interview with the curator of the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia

In the past, war could have been the natural state of human beings. Jordi Principal, curator of the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia, explains how, in ancient times, a good part of the economic and social system was based on conflict.

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Francesc Gòdia: "The goal is to build planetary bases where humans can reside for long periods of time"

Interview with the chemist and researcher

Chemist and researcher Francisco Gòdia discusses the MELiSSA project, a European Space Agency facility that aims to develop life support in space, recreate an ecological cycle and provide the basic functions for human life on an alien planet in a sustainable way. What technology do they use? What is their inspiration? What are their objectives? What difficulties do they encounter? Gòdia ...

Guillem Anglada-Escudé: “The next step is to integrate space into planetary civilisation"

Interview with the astrophysicist

Guillem Anglada, an astrophysicist, proposes the development of a space economy in Earth's orbit, avoiding the nationalistic and escapist intentions of some space explorations. Based on this idea, he talks about the SONet project (The Sustainable Offworld Network), which investigates how to build a sustainable settlement, like a service station, in space.

Commentated broadcast of the landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars

Want to witness a world-class scientific happening? The experts Guillem Anglada, Mariona Badenas, Ignasi Casanova and Miquel Sureda commented minute by minute on the risky landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars. They offered information and data to help understand the impact of the Mars 2020 mission (NASA), and connected live with experts involved in what is already a space milestone in history.

«Mars.The Red Mirror» Audiovisual Report

This exhibition looks at our relationship with Mars, from antiquity to the present day. Science, art and literature come together in a major exhibition project that coincides in time with the arrival of three space missions to the Red Planet.

Martian cartoon strips

Jose Valenzuela Ruiz

Through comics, we analyse the evolution of our view of the Red Planet: from a territory to be conquered, to a reflection of our own nature.