an astropoetic sci fi essay film


8mins ‧ HDV ‧ Ireland/Ceres ‧ 2019

Memoirs of a Spacemother: an Astropoetic Sci Fi Essay film explores an alternative society of gender-fluid ‘mothers’ living on Planet Ceres, using newly filmed material by the artist, and images from NASA’s Hubble telescope. Planet Ceres has evolved a society that celebrates the lifegiving, caring, nurturing and pleasurable aspects of mothering. Its citizens value their interdependency on one another and all members of Cerling society identify as mothers whatever their gender (there are at least 9), and whether they have biological children or not.

Can we imagine outside of what we already know? When it feels like there is no room for imagination on planet Earth, fantasy is a place to be political. Science Fiction or speculative fiction is a fertile space to imagine, not only how we might live as humans, but how we already do live. Space exploration is a precursor for space colonisation. Climate change on Earth will affect the poor first, while the rich can buy their way out. The question is: will space colonies be for the rich or for the poor to live in?

Memoirs of a Spacemother is influenced by, and is made in the spirit of, classic feminist science fiction and philosophy writers including Donna Haraway, Naomi Mitchison, Joanna Russ, Octavia Butler and Ursula le Guin.  It was made mostly in the artist’s bedroom during her baby’s naps. 

Memoirs of a Spacemother was made as part of a video installation while in residency at Galway Arts Centre in collaboration with NUIG Astronomy Dept, and featured as part of a 4–person exhibition Making Space for the Galway Arts Festival Summer 2019. Moving Images are artists own and NASA Hubblespace.
See installation view in GAC here
Read Circa review here


Making Space, Galway Arts Centre, Galway International Arts Festival, 14 July – 20 August 2019

51 Zero International Moving Image & Art Festival, Canterbury, UCA Canterbury 9-17 November 

Still from Memoirs of a Spacemother

Installation view from Galway International Arts Festival


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