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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.

Greetings from Mars

Culturnautes 2021: week 2

What stories would we tell if we went spent our holidays on Mars? Would they be different to the ones on Earth? What would its inhabitants and the landscape be like? The Pink Pixel Collective (Sílvia Martínez, Marina Sáez, Ives Laborie and Zeta) invites us on an experimental five-day journey through illustrated storytelling and collaborative creation.

Concert by Nico Roig, with Lucia Fumero and David Soler

Martian Heart

The singer and composer Nico Roig re-creates, live, the music he has composed for the exhibition Mars: The Red Mirror and embarks on a sound journey that moves through history from the metamorphoses of the planet to the strange Martian landscapes captured by recent space missions. Because we are on Mars, and the earth is already Martian.

Juan Insua: "The exhibition is a cultural history of Mars".

Interview to the curator of "Mars. The red mirror"

The curator and cultural programmer Juan Insua explains some of the secrets and stories behind this exhibition on the past, present and future of Mars. The exhibition, which can be visited until 11 July 2021 in Barcelona, has already been visited by more than 50,000 people.

Moveo Company


The dance company Moveo presents a show in which it playfully and ironically explores the contradictions between the need to belong and that to exist as an individual, using a profoundly physical language that mixes theatre, dance, and acrobatics to create a collective experience. This show is part of the Circuit Nòmada, a project of the Tàrrega Theatre Festival that aims to promote and revitalise the performing arts.

Closing festivities of the ALIA Mission: science, literature, and live radio

Martian Waves

Closing festivities of the "ALIA Mission", an educational project relating popularisation of science with literary and artistic creation, with the conversation of the astrophysicist Fatoumata Kébé with Miquel Sureda, and the recording of a live podcast with the schools and scientists involved. 

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Laia Ribas

La vida en hàbitats extrems

Life on our planet faces imminent problems: in the midst of climate change and on the threshold of an ecological emergency. Could the Earth, in this situation, continue to be the cradle of Humanity in the future? Laia Ribas, a marine science researcher who has recently participated in the Nüwa project, a city designed for a million inhabitants on Mars developing its life support system, talks with 4th year ESO students at the Joan Brossa Institute about all this and much more .

Inés Macpherson

Sistemes de suport vital en una base marciana. Imaginar des de la ciència ficció.

Would it be possible to live on Mars? How would we adapt to its environment? Do we have the right to do so? These are questions of scientific speculation that bridge the gap with science fiction. A genre that allows us to expand the scenarios of what is and is not possible today to launch ourselves in search of a more complex and profound sense of Humanity.

Miquel Sureda

Peaceful exploration, settlement and exploitation of the space

Elon Musk affirms that "we have a moral obligation to colonize space to guarantee the continuity of the human species." But do we really have the right to do so? Miquel Sureda, physicist and aeronautical engineer specialized in space propulsion, spoke about peaceful exploration, colonization and exploitation of space with 4th year ESO students from the Institut Icària.

Guillem Anglada-Escudé

Designing a Sustainable Martian City: The Nüwa Case

For thousands of years, human beings have had the will to explore further and try to know their place in the universe. Now it is known that he is considering the option that the planet Mars could be the next great leap to found a civilization.

Carme Jordi

Expansion through the galaxy and terraforming

Exploitation of natural resources, ecological footprint, overpopulation ..

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

Is there life outside of planet Earth? Has Mars been inhabited? What does "technological civilization" or "intelligent" mean? How could we communicate on an interstellar scale? The 4th year ESO students at Col·legi Sant Gabriel have worked for weeks around these and many other questions. Thursday ...

Mars, feminism and popular culture

Elisa McCausland

In this podcast, the critic and researcher Elisa McCausland conflates the relationship between Mars, feminism and pop culture from the 1950s to the present day.

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.

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 ...

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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.

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.

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.