Open Minds: Adapting to the Future Hi, Pluto!

Annika Kahrs © Helge Mundt
Annika Kahrs © Helge Mundt | Photo: © Helge Mundt

With the NASA space probe "New Horizons," the first missile from the earth visited Pluto – soon the first images of the dwarf planet will be available.

Hamburg-based artist Annika Kahrs has been researching for several years the enigma regarding the look and the consistence of Pluto, discovered in 1930. Her film "solid surface, with hills, valleys, craters and other topographic features, primarily made of ice" is an investigation of this topic.

"What is decisive for me is the imminent change from the imagined picture to the actual one. I am fascinated by the idea of the event that happens in the space, in a distance we can hardly imagine but that provides very concrete proof, which is simultaneously made visible on earth," said the 31-year-old. "My film work plays directly with the fact that in the story of our earth, its systems, definitions and structures themselves have always changed. I like that an object which actually moves calmly and slowly within its regular orbit, in our imagination and system has already undergone a lot of changes.

"solid surface, with hills, valleys, craters and other topographic features, primarily made of ice" was created in 2014 and takes place in a planetarium with a projected starry sky. In the centre, there is a bright, round spot of light that explores the room. As soon as the camera and the cone of light hit the starry sky on the dome-shaped screen, the illusion of night is unmasked by the spotlight and the white projection screen is unveiled.


Annika Kahrs is a guest of the Goethe-Institut Toronto and will be participating in our OPEN MINDS: Adapting to the Future speaker series on July 12, 2016 at the Toronto Music Garden. She will speak about "digital mindfulness" & the arts.