Christina Elizabeth Hall

[PROGRESS] Colonization of Mars


This is the location where I have been keeping record and notes of items of relevance for my final project.

Just the idea of colonization of Mars makes me nervous. Why? Because I feel like there are so many issues we have made here on Earth that can certainly propagate on another planet if we aren’t careful.  Are we going to make the same issues on Mars that we have to the environment here on Earth? Will we have the same segregation and class problems there as well? These are the topics that make me concerned.

When I think about this project, I continually go back to the question of, “How will we decide who gets to go to Mars and who will make that decision?”. SpaceX and Mars One are two corporate giants that are funded by investors that have an agenda for this jump to Mars.  Are they going to be the ones that decide? Will the government decide? And then I turn the question around to myself and ask myself the same question, “Who would I put on Mars?” and I can’t say that I have an answer.  Will it just be the rich that get to go? Will it be the new Silicon Valley if Elon Musk and SpaceX gets there first?

I made some audition tapes of some potential candidates that might be some of the people that end up living on Mars for the rest of their lives. I’m not sure I would say that I would want any of them to go, especially based on a simple video.  How much information would we need to receive from a person to say, “Yes, you can go to Mars.”? What traits, qualities, personalities, etc, would help a person get to move to Mars and which ones would prevent them?

This question fascinated me.

Because I couldn’t find an answer for the person I would send to Mars I have been toying with the idea of creating and application package that would have a multi-page questionnaire and DNA sampling kit so that the government/company that is permitting you to help colonize Mars has all the information needed to make the decision if you should go or not. Additionally, since I’ve enjoyed making videos, I was contemplating making a TV advertisement/sales pitch about the kits explaining the reasons for them and their ease of use (similar to the 23andMe video but more corporate in feel).


Daily Practice


How do we decide who to bring to Mars when we decide to colonize the planet in the next 20 years. Who will be the ones that will make the decisions on how the planet functions? These are questions that I have been asking myself. With that said, I decided to create 7 audition tapes of characters for my daily practice to highlight what type of people might end up in our new world.

Constraints for my daily practice:

I gave myself only 30 minutes to do the following:

  • research a past colonization strategy
  • create a character that might support that type of colonization

Day 1:

Day 1 – Character 1. First Humans on Mars Audition Tape from Christina Elizabeth Hall on Vimeo.


Day 2:

Day 2 – Character 2. First Humans on Mars Audition Tape from Christina Elizabeth Hall on Vimeo.

Day 3:

Day 3- Character 3. First Humans on Mars Audition Tape from Christina Elizabeth Hall on Vimeo.

Day 4:

Day 4- Character 4. First Humans on Mars Audition Tape from Christina Elizabeth Hall on Vimeo.

Day 5:

Day 5- Character 5. First Humans on Mars Audition Tape from Christina Elizabeth Hall on Vimeo.

Day 6:

Day 6- Character 6. First Humans on Mars Audition Tape from Christina Elizabeth Hall on Vimeo.

Day 7:

Day 7- Character 7. First Humans on Mars Audition Tape from Christina Elizabeth Hall on Vimeo.

Final: Colonization of Mars


After many hours trying to come up with a topic for my final, I landed on the topic of Colonization of Mars.  This is something that I would love to explore and learn more about. My research on this topic will be help here

Goals for the project by week 14
  • I want to create something that is informative and easy to grasp
  • I want to create something that initially draws in the audience and then educates a topic in an affective way
  • I am going to try to make something impactful
  • Something portable
  • I want to potentially combine art and science concepts
  • I want to have inspiration from other artists that have a strong impact on my idea
Goals for your process
  • talk to artists studying the field (or similar) as well as talk to scientists [in my last project I only talked to scientists and I feel like I need to broaden my approach)
  • play more in the ideation stage
  • write down every idea, even if I think it’s dumb
  • user test the concept before finalizing my idea
What are your opening questions?
  1. What is my connection to this material?
  2. How will we grow food on Mars?
  3. How will we restore order in such a new place where “laws” aren’t in place yet?
  4. How will sociocultural “norms” be affected?
  5. Would economics function the same way?
  6. How will the land be divided up between countries? Who gets to govern what?
  7. How will Mars evolve to support life?
  8. What are the ecosystems like there?
  9. Would there be travel from Earth to Mars?
  10. Are they trying to solve for overpopulation of Earth?
  11. What resources does Mars supply (oil, water to support life, etc?)
  12. How long can humans survive there
What systems does this topic touch?
  1. Socio-cultural system
  2. Economic system
What systems does this topic overlap with?
  1. Environmental (atmospheric system, ecosystems)
Identify precedents:
Who is working in this field?
  • Nasa
  • SpaceX -Elon Musk
  • Mars One
what are some related projects?

I found this image very interesting:

Just Like Living on Mars

Artist: Von C. Caberte

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 6 feet x 5 feet

Von C. Calberte was born in 1971 in the Philippines. He was raised there and currently lives in the Philippines with his wife and two sons.

Von began drawing as a child. He loved to draw pictures of his friends and classmates. He became known for his charicatures of teachers and principals.

In the early 1990’s he recognized the availability of computer graphics software programs to be a powerful creative tool.

Today Von is a Freelance Artist and digital painting is his primary medium of artistic expression. His digitally painted cartoons premiered in the January 8, 2004 issue of The Black Commentator.

Think of at least two analogies for your topic or project:
  • Living in a developing world
  • Burning Man
  • desert, barren land
  • Greenhouse

Mars vs. Greenhouse

Burning Man City versus Mars City


Think of a couple of contexts/ calls your work might fit:

Now accepting proposals for 1-2 artist exhibitions and “takeover” installations for 2018! 

Our interest in Art and Science is in promoting a dialogue between artists and scientific concepts, phenomena and technology through practice. It fosters the creation of new expert knowledge in the arts by extending artists’ practice in connection with fundamental research.

  • Accepting proposals for 1 to 2 artist “takeover” installations during our ‘hibernation’ from regular programming in December 2017 and January 2018.
  • BrightFarms Systems, which was founded to advise rooftop growers, built a greenhouse atop a school on West 93rd Street in Manhattan and will be lending it out for a two month gallery opportunity.
  • We seek project proposals that have the potential to allow the public to learn alongside artists, scientists and technologists doing thought-provoking work.
  • We are greatly interested in project proposals that include some aspect of public demonstration and engagement with the public.
  • The scientists for this edition work across and are interested in Biological Sciences, Genomics, Regenerative medicine, Internet and Science, Myth and Science, Health and Disease, Infections, Genetic Engineering, Neuroscience, Biotechnology, Perception and alternate or augmented reality and Human/machine, Mars, Terra-forming and Astronomy, interface, robotics; sensorial and extra-sensorial interfaces etc.
  • Deadline for application is November 1, 2017

Mars, 2017. created with Nutmeg, Paprika, Cinnamon, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Chili Powder, Curry Power

1st wave colonization of Mars, 2030


Mars on Space Oddity from Christina Elizabeth Hall on Vimeo.

Final Colonization blueprint

Salary to Surplus: pitch