A speculative film on microbial ethics within interplanetary travel, told through the story of a first contact that is instrumentally reconstructed against the model of a colonial story. This project is informed by conversations with space researchers bringing together alternative cosmologies regarding the celestial and its extended voyages.

The skies are storied, but mainstream narratives too often than not, tells us only stories of conquest. How do we use the momentum of the new space age to tell a different story that does not portray outer space as just another open frontier to extend our imperialism and colonial projects into?

A collaboration with Pohao Chi + Nancy Valladares.

film stills 

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