The New Colonists” by Mexican artist Monica Alcazar-Duarte addresses the colonisation of space. It takes as its starting point the small US town of Mars, Pennsylvania. Enigmatic scenes from everyday life in the West, scattered signs of technology and a dark lighting scheme evoking a science-fiction setting alternate with sequences of images that focus on research approaches to colonising Mars. With the help of an accompanying augmented reality app, readers can bring to life additional audiovisual material embedded in the photo book, including 3D animations of spy satellites and audio reports from researchers. “The New Colonists” not only introduces a future scenario that draws on one of the last challenges confronting science and projects such as Tesla’s SpaceX but also extends the visual vocabulary of the two-dimensional photo book with computer-generated elements.
More about the artist: https://www.monicaalcazarduarte.com
More information: Fotomuseum Winterthur