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'The Martians are coming!' is a body of work developed by Sissy Reyes while in artistic residence in rural Finland. As our everyday interactions become more and more driven by the consumption of digital technology, we alienate ourselves in our devices, yet ironically we never seem to be alone even when in complete solitude. 'The Martians are coming!' sets out to create a Sci Fi cinematic narrative as a metaphor for aliens and alienation in our digital lives, where true moments of solitude and presence seem as extraordinarily rare as inter-dimensional encounters.
Featured in the online galleries of the UK's ‘FORMAT Festival 2017: Habitat’ and the international ‘Lens Culture Emerging talents Awards 2016’, this cinematic series creates open ended narratives yet to be completed by the viewer, allowing her/him to share in the mysterious moment. A moment of clarity, melancholic gratitude, deep chested fear... Or joy perhaps. We exist here and now… and we know then, maybe just then… 'The Martians are coming!'
Sissy Reyes is a Mexican born artist living in Sydney. Influenced by cinema, mythology and cultural studies, her work is humorous and existential, focused in creating alternative narratives to mainstream discourses of gender, consumerism and identity. Her work includes video, video installation, mixed media and photography.
This project was assisted by a grant from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, assisting the artist to attend the Arteles Creative Residency in Finland in 2016.
This project was assisted by a grant from Arts NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments. The program is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).