Speculative Vision

SITE Santa Fe 1606 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Santa Fe, NM

Holographic drawings… A camera with a lens made from ice…  A photograph developed by extremophile bacteria… Artist and inventor Tristan Duke will share some of his unique projects, the thinking behind them, and the radical new perspectives they offer.  Exploring themes of deep time, technology, and representation, Duke proposes speculative vision as a lens for […]

The Cassandra Syndrome, or, How Not to be a Futurologist

SITE Santa Fe 1606 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Santa Fe, NM

From the game of polo to cloning, from Hugo Gernsback to Stanislaw Lem, from predictions of future past to snapshots of contemporary reality, Peter Swirski will take science fiction at face value and evaluate its claims to being a reliable tool of futurology. On the way, he’ll take a look at such wonders as cavorite, […]

Jorge Almazan: Emergent Tokyo – Speculations on the Spontaneous Space City

SITE Santa Fe 1606 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Santa Fe, NM

Discussions about cities in space revolve around visions of massive megastructures and artificial habitats that master hostile environments to shelter human life. But can these highly machinic settlements truly accommodate earthlings’ emotional, messy, and unpredictable lives? Can a city in space combine a highly productive engineered environment with the human need for communal life, creativity, intimacy, and […]

Why we search for life on Mars: A view from the Curiosity and Perseverance rovers

SITE Santa Fe 1606 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Santa Fe, NM

Mars has long captured our imaginations as a potential home for past, present, and future life. Current tools now allow for these questions to be addressed scientifically. Notably, there are two NASA-led rovers, dubbed Curiosity and Perseverance, currently exploring the surface of Mars. While Perseverance is a relative newcomer to the planet, Curiosity has been […]

Panel Discussion: Will space limit human performance?

SITE Santa Fe 1606 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Santa Fe, NM

With the Artemis mission on the horizon and Elon Musk’s insistence on crewed Martian missions by 2030, considering how humans might live in space is at the forefront of our global collective mind. But what is required of those intrepid volunteers to flourish in highly radiated, lower gravity, austere environments beyond our atmosphere? How do […]

Carolyn Porco Keynote: Cassini to Saturn:  The Journey, the Legacy, the Future

SITE Santa Fe 1606 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Santa Fe, NM

Thirty-two years ago, the United States and Europe joined together to undertake a mission to the outer solar system.  It was named Cassini and called for a 7-year trek across the solar system and entry into orbit around the planet Saturn in the summer of 2004, followed by a 13-year long, in-depth, comprehensive look at […]

Film screening: Colossus: The Forbin Project

SITE Santa Fe 1606 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Santa Fe, NM

The ultimate computer creates the ultimate terror in this chillingly real sci-fi suspense thriller. When electronics genius Charles Forbin creates a massive computer complex that is capable of independently regulating the national defense of the United States, it appears that no enemy will ever be able to penetrate its sovereign borders. But such a promising […]