The Eye of Mars

Martian art-science creation for visitors, sensors, loudspeakers, computers, lenses, mirrors and video-projectors, made of aluminium and acrylic.

L’Œil de Mars mixes science, technology, imagination and dreaming to focus on the special relationship between humans and Mars: yesterday, there was the fear to be invaded by Martians … today, there is the dream to be there. Those elements give us the desire to know, and offer us the emmotional delight created by curiosity on everyone. The eye is in fact curious and makes us curious. L’Œil de Mars develops this particular relationship to curiosity, and therefore to exploration and learning. This artwork makes curiosity and implies us in a research exercise on curiosity. It makes us explore and experiment the discovery process itself. It widely opens an uncommon window on a topic of scientific interest and on a place of common imagination: Mars.


[Design] Ikse Maître
[Computer graphics and affective computing] Matthieu Courgeon
[Music composition] Vincent Hulot
[Humain-machine interaction] Michèle Gouiffès
[Optics] Karen Perronet
[Mars astrophysics] François Poulet and Mathieu Vincendon
[Making et mediation] Tanguy Boucneau
[Making and logistics] Julien Kozlowski and Ismail Konaté
[Music spatialization] David Poirier-Quinot


L'Œil de Mars is also discussed from a research and academic perspective, the summary of the main hypothesis and questions can be found here.

The different sides of Mars

Click on the different colored rectangles to discover the various sides in the history of Mars:

Eye Mars Timeline History Nuit Blanche White night Paris Page1 Page2 Page3 Page4 Page5 Page6


How it works

Exploded view Eye Mars Nuit blanche White night Paris

The Eye of Mars is a digital artwork by des Vues de l’esprit ; an openning of Le sas, science-art-society group ; produced by La métonymie, in partnership with the IR4M, the Lab-STICC, the IAS, the LIMSI, the CNRS and the Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, with the sponsorship of the Conseil général de l’Essonne and of the program Science et Société of La Diagonale Paris-Saclay.

Past exhibitions:
Open your Eyes, Fondation Seguin, Annonay, France – September 16-18, 2016.
Les Yeux grand ouvertsNuit Blanche, Centre Culturel Cloître des Billettes, Paris, France - October 7, 2017.
Le Soleil, même la nuit, Nuit Blanche, Lycée Schweitzer,  Le Raincy, France -  October 2,  2021.