Though not required, “Indoctrination” has been one of the most interesting ways for visitors to engage with SPACE PROGRAM: MARS. After watching Tom Sachs’s movies (online or at the Armory), taking an oral exam, a written exam (as this gentleman is doing), and completing a menial task, visitors are allowed special privileges and access in the exhibit. For more info on prepping for a visit, read 5 Things to Do Before You Go to Mars.
NOTE:Tonight & Sunday will be your final chances to get indoctrinated and to roam free amongst the sculptural installations. Saturday will be a special opportunity to see artist Tom Sachs, astronauts, and Grummans activating every single sculpture in a grueling all-day Endurance Demonstration. Visitors will watch from the civilian viewing areas on Mars and Earth. If you want to bring kids who need to move around, you may want to come tonight or Sunday! SPACE PROGRAM: MARScloses Sunday!
Young friends of Creative Time went to Tom Sachs’ SPACE PROGRAM: MARS, were fascinated by the poppies, a sculptural version of a cinderblock, the Landing Excursion Module (LEM), the Robert Irwin Scrim Clean Air Room (RISCAR) and had a blast!
Our partners at Park Avenue Armory have created an excellent free kids worksheet version of Tom’s indoctrination. Note: Kids must be over 6 to enter the LEM.
In order to gain access to the Landing Excursion Module (LEM), you must pass indoctrination. The very first step of which is to watch Ten Bullets, Color, and the Energies and Skills trilogy. These highly entertaining movies from Tom Sachs’ studio are directed by the brilliant Van Neistat (pronounced “Nice tat.”) The movies are also available to watch in the “Cinema” at SPACE PROGRAM: MARS. There is popcorn.
Buying tickets online is easy. This is especially important for the live demonstrations! Tickets are selling fast. We’d hate for you to be left on Earth.
Tip 4. Wrap your hands in giant balls of blue masking tape.
Okay, that may be a little extreme, but you’re going to want very badly to touch the amazingly detailed knobs and buttons on these sculptures. These are delicate instruments, and the slightest touch could be cataclysmic! [Image: Jeff D. Taylor’s Tumblr]
Tip 5. Peruse the Zine and learn your Space Name.
The SPACE PROGRAM: MARSZINE (short for magazine) made by Tom Sachs and his studio is filled with 90+ pages of photos, information, and cheat sheets for indoctrination. You can even learn your space name. Mine’s Tango Foxtrot.
Pack light; all bags must be checked. Wear a helmet; you can park your bike on 67th Street where it will be watched. Be on time; there’s a ton to see and you don’t want to feel rushed on Mars.