Join us for screenings of The Common Task, on March 21 and 22, at two exciting venues.
What does it mean to leave? Or to prepare to leave? Or prepare to mean to leave?
What does returning mean to those who only buy one-way tickets? Something to be deferred for as long as possible, like a promise, bouncing amidst stars in the night sky of a distant galaxy.
Until now, an irreversible exit from the earth was only possible in death, inevitable for life.
It is now an option. To stay is as much of an option as to leave.
The search for humanity's next bold frontier begins with a one-way ticket.
The Common Task
The Common Task is an experimental HD video film on the Mars One project, which aims to set up the first human settlement in Mars. It is about the proposition of a one-way trip to Mars, and explores the philosophical possibilities of interplanetary travel. Woven around the stories of two applicants who want to make this journey, the film includes scientific reports, plans, charts, and personal journals, interspersed with interviews with future astronauts.
Pallavi Paul is a visual artist, filmmaker and scholar from Delhi. After her Masters in Mass Communication from Jamia Milia Islamia and MPhil in Arts and Aesthetics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, she is currently pursuing her PhD from the same department.
Sahej Rahal completed his BFA from Rachana Sansad Academy of Fine Arts and Crafts, Mumbai. He works with sculpture, video and performance art.
Pallavi and Sahej received a grant under the Arts Practice programme of India Foundation for the Arts, with support from Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT).