Building A Martian House

Ella Good and Nicki Kent

A collaboration with scientists, architects, and the artists' local community to design and plan the build of a functional Martian house.

A film by

Made by

Ella and Nicki at the VLA, New Mexico

Ella Good

Ella Good works in collaboration with artist Nicki Kent to create socially engaged projects. The duo are currently making a ten year series of works called A Decade With Mars.
Ella and Nicki

Nicki Kent

Nicki Kent works with artist Ella Good to create socially engaged projects. They are currently making a ten year series of works called A Decade With Mars.

Working with

A selection of still frames from various projects directed by Reuben Armstrong

Reuben Armstrong

Freelance Director & Animator

Ella & Nicki are currently collaborating with scientists, architects and their local community in Bristol to research, develop & design plans for a feasible house for humans on Mars.

Operating as installation/working exhibit, the finished build will be a workable, small accommodation inspired by future scenarios where humans live permanently on other planets.

The project embraces its seemingly impossible nature by galvanising the energies of a diverse set of participants. Designing the house also disrupts the common perception of the future/science fiction as inherently apocalyptic into one where the coming together of people with a shared goal creates something that otherwise would never have been.

The build will happen with communities across Bristol as a large-scale participatory art project, with the final ‘Martian house’ built by contributions of thousands of people across the city. It will use DIY technologies on a fraction of the budget of NASA, bringing together the skills of technologists, scientists, artists and the local community to create something real and tangible that invites participants and audiences to consider their future and that of Earth - and to literally build it. The project will work with real technologies and scientific rigour to excite both experts and non-experts in the scientific field, offering an expanded view of what an artwork is and how it can be made.

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