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Beyond Earth | Exploring Life in Extreme Conditions

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Date(s) - 04/11/2024
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Swissnex San Francisco


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What makes an environment extreme? Why do humans live and look for it? How do they adapt collectively?

Séverin Guelpa led the collective MATZA through a 10-year-long journey through the desert (Mojave), the glacier (Aletsch), and the “superstructure” (a construction site in Geneva).

Their exploration is rooted in a desire to reconsider ways of living together, reflecting the aspirations of a society in profound transformation. The definition of extreme conditions, the challenges, the solutions, and the psychological mindset of people have been the center of the artwork.

On the occasion of the publication of the book that encapsulated these experiences, Séverin Guelpa and Anja Wyden Guelpa will present their art and thoughts through an art installation followed by a panel discussion with NASA scientist Lynn Rothschild and anthropologist Sarah E. Vaughn.