Art, astronomy and new materialism
This practice led-research aims to develop a moving-image practice that engages with the entanglements of human and non-human material entities at the Sierra Negra astronomical observatories in Mexico. The research will respond to the agency and affection of material ecologies surrounding the observatories such as planetary movements, weather, atmosphere, astronomy, geological forces, technological instruments, among others.
I will construct a methodology drawn from “new materialism” thinking (Dolphijn & Tuin, 2016) that aims to dissolve cartesian dualisms and fixed borders. I will explore methods to develop a moving-image image that emerges from my interplay with the sites and its movement, fluidity and change. By situating myself from an ‘earthly’ perspective inside the ‘atmosphere’, I will be able to respond as part of the entanglement, instead of taking a detached position that leads me to predetermination and generalization.