Image courtesy Thomas Ashcraft, Heliotown
Conceptual guided tour through sci-fi soundtracks, city-wide InterPlanetary film festival, an invitation to SITE Santa Fe's Future Shock exhibit, lecture, maker event, and Lensic presentations explore the universe through film, art, creativity, and discussion.

The Santa Fe Institute invites space enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the pressing problems of today by imagining the challenges of tomorrow in a series of city-wide events from October 13 through October 17.
These city-wide events are open to all and are part of SFI’s ongoing InterPlanetary Project — a collaboration between the Institute and a diverse set of community partners.

October InterPlanetary Events – Open to All

Friday, Oct. 13 

7:30 p.m.

Get ready for the InterPlanetary Film Festival with InterPlanetary Films: Art, Craft, Science?, a conceptual performance by Jeffrey Ernstoff, multi-instrumentalist, and former creative director of Radio City Music Hall. 

The Lensic Performing Arts Center

Saturday, Oct. 14

10:00 a.m.-midnight

Enjoy new and classic sci-fi films playing throughout Santa Fe in the city-wide InterPlanetary Film FestivalFilm titles and show times will be published on the cinemas' websites.

Jean Cocteau CinemaSITE Santa FeThe ScreenCCA, and the Violet Crown

Sunday, Oct.15

11:00 a.m.


5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.


Experience SITE Santa Fe's Future Shock with a special InterPlanetary admission pass. Distinguished Professor Geoffrey West will give a talk in the space of the Future Shock exhibit, and will be available to sign copies of his book before and after the talk.


Dance! At an InterPlanetary Stardust Costume Party, co-hosted by Form & Concept gallery and Creative Santa Fe. Interplanetary cocktails, space snacks, a stellar raffle, and screenings of "The Man Who Fell to Earth."

SITE Santa Fe






Form & Concept,
Creative Santa Fe

Monday, Oct. 16

4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Create InterPlanetary artifacts at the InterPlanetary Space-Craft: Made on Earth maker event and workshop.

MAKE Santa Fe

Tuesday, Oct. 17

7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Explore this unprecedented epoch in our planet's history with historians, scientists, and artists in The Past, Present, and Future of the Anthropocene panel discussion.

The Lensic Performing Arts Center

InterPlanetary Passes will grant participants discounts and other perks throughout the series. Reserve your limited edition free InterPlanetary Pass through the Lensic Box Office.

"The arts — visual arts, cinematic, literary, musical — expand our imaginations and they explore territories that we don't even know exist. I've always felt that science wouldn't function without the arts. Art plays a critical role in the InterPlanetary Project," says SFI President David Krakauer. "What would it take to become an InterPlanetary Civilization? This is how we have fun while thinking about some of the very biggest questions. This October series provides a sampler of what’s to come in June. SFI brings the rigor of complexity science to this endeavor and our community partners bring unique elements of art and creativity to this project. This illuminates what is special about Santa Fe: few other places on the planet offer such a natural synergy between the arts and sciences." 

Read "A canticle for Santa Fe: The SFI InterPlanetary Project" in the Santa Fe New Mexican (October 13, 2017)

Read "Into the Anthropocene: The Santa Fe Institute's panel on the new epoch" in the Santa Fe New Mexican (October 13, 2017)

Read "Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week" in the Albuquerque Journal North (October 13, 2017)

Click here for complete information about the InterPlanetary Project.