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Very enthusiastic about space conquest, sceptical, and keen on derision, they project themselves into the cosmos with fiction as their only available tool.  

Giulia Grossmann

Mars Society

2016,17 mn 36

This film is a proposed opening onto the future, and onto our ability to assert:  “At last we’re there, here we are in 2030”.  People enthusiastic about space conquest project themselves.  They enact a near and plausible future, but one which still remains a fiction.  Among them is Alain Souchier.  This engineer specialized in jet propulsion and launchers takes us through the stages essential to that saga.  GG

Giuseppe Boccassini

Orbit

2016, 15 mn

Reflecting on the concept of the haptic proximity of contemporary media, before and after 9/11, the film’s orbit is a phallic conquerer that, folding in on itself, now flaccid deus ex machina, observes itself from the inside like a lysergic membrane that slowly founders between the folds of its own material. GB

Shahar Marcus

King of fallafel

2016, 8 mn

The work « King of Falafel » is a continuation of Shahar Marcus’s video works that deal with Israeli cultural symbols, manifested by various food rituals. The current work takes place on the moon and depicts a fictional event – the opening of a new falafel stand. The video begins with a wide-shot of space and continues with Marcus, dressed as an astronaut, landing on the moon. After getting ‘lost in space’ he finally notices a flag and realizes he has reached his final destination. Thereafter, he opens an inflatable falafel stand and puts up his own flag with the inscription: “King of Falafel”. After struggling with the making of the dish, his ultimate success is celebrated with a triumphal ‘selfie’.

This humorous piece, shot in the spirit of ‘space adventure’ films, touches a few historical and contemporary socio-political issues. The major theme of the work is the discovery and conquest of a new frontier. This theme plays a major part in the Zionist ethos and the early formation of Israel. It also echoes the history of America and the Western European Colonial past. By depicting an astronaut who is wearing a white suit with blue stripes that resembles the Israeli flag, Marcus reflects on a contemporary ‘Colonialist’ phenomenon in the shape of Israeli tourism. As opposed to the European Colonial worldview of enforcing their ‘superior’ knowledge upon the local population, in this work, the conquering culture is that of simple street food folklore – the falafel. Ironically, the famous historical rivalry between former USSR and USA over the landing on the moon is thereby defeated by an Israeli pioneer – the first one to set up a food stand in space! By situating this surreal event on the moon – the symbol of future and progress – Marcus emphasizes the never-ending, universal human strive for conquering new and ‘undiscovered’ frontiers. SM

Alexandre Guerre

ACROCOSME

2016, 15 mn

Production, Fresnoy Studio national des arts contemporains

Acrocosme is a fiction about space travel following the discovery of an unexpected element to Mars, a tumbleweed, these plants usually through the sets of Westerns. This is the journey of a cosmonaut who try to verify this discovery. For this he will have to cross a dangerous area, the Van Allen radiation belt, a crucial test.

The first steps on the moon would have been filmed in the studio by Stanley Kubrick. If this rumor still persists today, with the technology of the time, what will be the first step on Mars ? Our relationship to the image has changed from film and television. Do we need today the image as truth, to give credit to a fact ?

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