Waiting for the asteroid

Clara Marconato

2020 - Ongoing


People are used to accepting the inexplicable existence of events that we cannot understand. Space is today, for society in general and for those who study science, a place that's impossible to explore completely. Knowledge has not yet understood outer space in its full magnitude and its indefinite limits. How do we relate to the gap between knowledge and assumption? How do scientific causality and progress become part of our daily lives?

The initiative arises after NASA's latest statement exposed in a journalistic text found on the internet: "Asteroid 2009 FJ1 will hit Earth on May 6, 2022". It's an interesting way to announce the worst forecast ever expected by humanity. We have seen such headlines multiple times across the years and have not really stopped to think about their importance. Why? Perhaps because we do not understand the nature of this scientific discipline, and therefore we do not analyze the information presented; because we ignore the uncertainty of the future; because we no longer trust what the newspapers say. Maybe simply nothing surprises us anymore. There may be much more important humanitarian problems, or we just doubt these kind of events could actually happen. We do not know if there is a guarantee of veracity.

At this point, it is interesting to explore the ambiguous limits between truth and fiction, the real and the representation, together with the role the media plays in the construction of reality.

As stated by the Argentine writer Juan José Saer, when you opt for the practice of fiction, the purpose is not the misrepresentation of the truth. The truth is not necessarily the opposite to fiction.

This work is not intended to represent a truth but rather to play with the supposed superiority of truth over fiction, and give it the possibility of being, abandoning the plane of the verifiable.

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