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Upcoming SLL webinar looks at what building a Martian house can teach us about lighting

Designed by specialists in the fields of space exploration, extreme environments and sustainability, SLL ask what can we learn about lighting from the Martian House project?

The Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) is excited to announce this upcoming webinar focused on a collaborative project with architects, scientists, and artists to design and plan the build of a functional Martian House, taking place online from 13:00 (GMT) on 02 December 2021.

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This webinar will begin with a presentation from Dr Robert Myhill, from the University of Bristol, who will introduce some of the challenges of living on Mars, including access to sufficient light.

Following that, we will hear from artists, Ella Good and Nicki Kent. Next year, Ella and Nicki will bring to life a full scale 'Martian House' in central Bristol, UK. They will be discussing the co-design process that has informed their design, and how the project explores what a small, sustainable community might look like, in relation to closed-loop systems and resourcefulness here and now on Earth.

We'll also be joined by Tim Bowes MSLL, Head of Lighting Application at Whitecroft Lighting who will be looking at the challenges around supplying lighting into this environment and how the principles of the circular economy could be applied to the delivery of lighting within this space.



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.

A collaboration between Watershed, University of Bristol and UWE Bristol, this project is hosted by the Pervasive Media Studio, a brilliant community of over 100 artists, creative companies, technologists and academics exploring experience design and creative technology.

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This webinar has been organised by the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL). If you have any questions or if you would like to find out about becoming an SLL member, please contact sll@cibse.org