Humans of Mars (CCCB)

Student/s: Ricardo Basurto Zuccarelli, Lluis Morell Francia, Marina Aperribay, Clara Maria Quinquilla Blanco, Jordi Burgueto, Pablo Padial, Marina Forrellad, Oriol Garzón, Sergi García, Karina Pinto
Mentored by: Jessica Fernández, Daniele Porretta. Advisers: Laura Benítez, Ramón Faura, Enric Llorach
Promotion: 2021
Study: Masters Product Design Area
Humans of Mars CCCB
Humans of Mars CCCB
Humans of Mars CCCB

Elisava's Master's Degree in Industrial Design Engineering presents the project "Humans Of Mars" at the CCCB, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. This project had as its starting point the opening of the exhibition Mars: The Red Mirror.

New Space Economy, space neocolonialism, transhumanism, retrofuturism, New Space Age, anthropocentrism, terraforming, search for extraterrestrial life... Recent exploration projects and the possibility of establishing a human colony on the planet Mars offer us many reasons for reflection. But the actuality of these issues has made it urgent the need to study these projects in a more critical way, away from the rhetoric of the conquest of space and also taking into account ethical questions.

The challenge has consisted in proposing a vision from engineering about "Humans of Mars", a critical position regarding the relationship of the human species with the planet Mars. Among the possible future scenarios, the 10 students and 5 professors and advisers have reflected on the following research areas:

  • Habitat, space and needs
  • Body, physics and biology
  • Dimension and perception
  • Martian societies

"Humans of Mars" collects a whole collective discourse on the colonization of the Red Planet, Should we go? Is Mars a planet B? What if we are going to Mars? How would it be? Each project proposes a different hypothesis and at the same time builds a consecutive timeline regarding the Martian expedition. The common objective is to encourage reflection on colonization.

"Humans of Mars" projects

The after Mars. Students: Ricardo Basurto Zuccarelli, Lluis Morell Francia, Marina Aperribay, Clara Maria Quinquilla Blanco.
In a uchronic circumstance, the human being has already reached Mars and exploration is taking place today. Once we have crowned the milestone of arriving on an extraterrestrial planet, we begin to question whether it has really been worth it. What do we hope to find on Mars? What learning do we take away from our trip? Is Mars the utopia we have always imagined?

Mars Body Interaction. Students: Jordi Burgueto, Pablo Padial, Marina Forrellad.
The human being goes to Mars, but a scientific question is raised that concerns the mobility of the astronaut in pursuit of their physical and mental health, also providing two product design proposals that could propose a new logic on the efficiency of movement and a possible solution to the problems posed by the severity of the new environment.

Some humans for Mars. Students: Oriol Garzón, Sergi García, Karina Pinto.
Starting from a refusal to explore the Red Planet, an investigation and analysis on the articulation of discourses in favor of exploration is carried out. This analysis is the basis of a manifesto that gathers other perspectives to build a different ethics before the potential exploration of the planet. Through a projection on a Martian surface, we can see the contrast of two totally different ways of conducting an exploration.