Thomas Pausz (FR)

Through artefacts and narrative design, Context- Dependent relates the journey of the ecosystem of the Salicornia Europea plant species to Mars: from its earthly conditions to the controlled environment of ´spatial capsules´, this ecosystem undergoes morphological transformations and a change of interspecies relations towards a new symbiotic balance.

The four actors of this non-human drama are the Salicornia Europea plant-body, Sea Water, Sun Light, and microscopic algae called Diatoms. As the journey progresses, these four essential elements of the ecosystem exchange properties, services and energy, to become various incarnations of the original material cycle: they become resource, filter, protective shell, or parasite for each other.