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Message from Mars

by John Menick
USA, 2023, 15’
Presented at the 16th edition of Lo schermo dell’arte, 2023
Screenplay, editing, and animation: John Menick
vo: English; st: Italian
Message from Mars is a film essay of 3D and 2D animation, archival footage and historical documents that reflects on humanity’s desire to colonize Mars. The narrator is an android who’s been stranded on Mars for 200 years. He spends his days in the vast underground complex built to house human colonists who never arrived. Alone and unable to contact Earth, he examines humanity’s expansion plans on the red planet through images and narration from the history of cinema.
John Menick(United States 1976, lives and works in New York City). A writer and visual artist, his work has been shown in group exhibitions and film festivals such as dOCUMENTA 13, IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam, and at museums and institutions such as MOMA PS1, Palais de Tokyo, CCA Wattis San Francisco, and Artist Space New York. His first book A Report on the City (Walter König press 2012) was named by Frieze magazine as one of the highlights of 2012.
Selected Filmography
2020 Haunting; 2012 Starring Sigmund Frueud; 2010 Paris Syndrome; 2006 Secret Life of Things