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The Archival Futures of Outer Space Film Quartet


Founded by Ceridwen Dovey & Rowena Potts in 2022, the Archival Futures Collective makes experimental films about human and more-than-human relationships to nature on Earth and off-Earth, inspired by library and museum archives/research materials/collections.

The Archival Futures of Outer Space Film Quartet is a suite of experimental films exploring ethics and emotion in outer space. The films have been officially selected for Pariscience International Science Film Festival in Paris, Imagine Science Film Festival in New York City, Mimesis Documentary Festival in Colorado, St Kilda Film Festival in Melbourne, and SXSW Sydney Film Festival, among many others.

MOONRISE (2021, 11 minutes)

The Moon's surface may soon be subject to permanent human occupation. Do we want to stand by silently as irreparable damage is done to our sister satellite? What might happen if we listened to what the Moon has to say?

Learn more about Moonrise and the film festivals for which it has been selected (in Australia and around the world)

MUSCA (2022, 5 minutes)

A visitor from another planet wonders about the human practice of naming star constellations after particular things.

Finalist in the 2023 Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize

MEMORABILIA (2023, 16 minutes)

A daughter mourns the loss of her father, a passionate collector of space memorabilia, as she falls under the sway of the 'flown' space objects in her inheritance.

Shortlisted for Best Documentary at the 2023 St Kilda Film Festival

Selected for the 2023 Mimesis Documentary Film Festival, Colorado (USA)

REQUIEM (2023, 16 minutes)

Real astronauts who have spent time on the International Space Station or Mir Space Station (including Dorin Prunariu, Yi So-yeon, Claudie Haignere, Paolo Nespoli, and Cady Coleman) perform a sonnet cycle that laments the imagined future loss of the ISS when it is deorbited within the next decade. Parts of it will burn up in the atmosphere, and the rest will end up in pieces on the ocean floor at Point Nemo, the spacecraft cemetery in the remote Pacific.

Selected for the 2023 St Kilda Film Festival, Melbourne

Selected for the 2023 Perth Revelation International Film Festival

© Image courtesy of Andrea Valtolina