Er der liv på Mars

Images of plants taken out of their natural element and isolated in an undefined space.
3 Photo series, variable sizes, 2018.

Fig. VI, detail I – 40×40 cm

Fig. V, detail I, 40×40 cm

In the series of photographs titled “Is there life on Mars !?” Marie Rømer Westh works with images of wild plants collected at the former airport Tempelhof in Berlin. A place marked by ideological power demonstrations of the past.
The plants are taken out of their natural element and isolated in an undefined empty and dark room. A weightless and empty space reminiscent of the outer space or the bottom of the sea. With these images, Marie Rømer Westh creates an aesthetic and sensual experience of life in a dead space and thus a comment on the idea that human beings can leave earth and live on a dead planet.
The full scale series measure 130×180 cm therefore creating a mirroring effect between the viewer and the image thus making projection between audience and plant possible.

Fig. VI, 130×180 cm

Fig. IV, 130×180 cm

The project also includes an audio piece created in collaboration with sound artist and DJ B9. A sound universe based on recordings from NASA and a sound design of what an ear would be able to hear in the silent outer space.

The project includes two smaller format series (40×40 cm and 100×100 cm) in which Marie Rømer Westh works with sections from the large plants. Here, details of the plants are explored with an increased state of weightlessness.

Fig. V, 130×180 cm

Fig. VII, 130×180 cm

Fig. I, 130×180

Fig. III, 130×180

Fig. II, 130×180 cm

Fig. VII, detail I, 40×40 cm

Fig. III, detail I, 40×40

Fig. X, detail I, 40×40 cm

Fig. IX, detail I, 40×40 cm

Fig. I, detail I, 40×40 cm

Fig. II, detail I, 40×40 cm

Fig. XX, detail I, 40×40 cm

Fig. VIII, detail I, 40×40 cm

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