"To find the right road out of this despair
civilized man must enlarge his heart as he has enlarged his mind."
Bertrand Russell, The conquest of happiness, 1975
Martian Odyssey is an experiment in social change
where children, as foreigners in their precarious digital world, try to
sidestep disaster and make their own happiness through art, restorative
justice (forgiveness) and friendship. I am preoccupied with disaster but
also, and perhaps more importantly, with the possibility of rescue and
the need for hope in a time of disaster. Why shouldn't art try to imagine
The works are structured loosely on the conventions of the epic, the utopian
novel, the science fiction films and the video game. They explore ideas
from literature, philosophy, ethical theory and modern science.
Martian Odyssey:I will not be sad in this world is the second part of
a larger Martian Odyssey series, the first part
was shown at Loop in 2006 It will be accompanied by an ongoing book
project which will be available online.
*The subtitle is taken from a song of that name by the Armenian composer,
Three images from the 2007 exhibition. Image size 20 x 78 in., digital
Martian panoramas from NASA and Hubble, small characters in stone lithography,
paper-cut miscellanea and 3-D glasses.