While humanity is on the threshold of venturing deep into space, are we bound to repeat the same mistakes we made on earth, colonizing space and capitalizing on resources and living beings? Let’s instead imagine a future for space, that is queer, trans, decolonized, beyond binary thinking and themes of purity.
Join us at Planetarium Copenhagen, for a talk between Adriana Knouf, artist, PhD, writer and xenologist, and Fahad Saeed – Public Speaker and Co-founder of Sabaah, in which they will dive deep into the themes and questions that Adriana examines in her work and discover how the arts can contribute to the highly technical realms of aerospace, astronautics and space exploration.
Programme, Thursday 18 August:
19:15 – 19:30 Welcome
19:30 – 19:50 Screening of DEAR INTERLOCUTOR: TX-1 a work by Adriana Knouf
19:50 – 20:10 Artist conversation with Adriana Knouf
20:10 – 20:30 Break
20:30 – 21:00 Discussion on Queering Space Exploration
21:00 – 21:20 Questions and discussion
21:20 Thank you for tonight
As an artist and scientist, Adriana raises the question of how one can approach outer space from a queer, trans, and post-colonial perspective. In this talk, we will examine in what ways the history of LGBTQ+ speculative fiction – written and visual, offers alternatives to the ways in which we currently relate to outer space? How might our imaginaries of the future shape the ways we live in the present?
What is the usefulness of considering space travel given the challenges we face here on earth? These challenges include the under-representation of women, racialized groups, the differently abled, and LGBTQ+ people in discourses and activities around space travel, reflections on the ideology of purity, as well as an exploration of the notion of xenology– the analysis and development of the strange and the alien.
Queering Space Exploration is a collaboration between Planetarium of Copenhagen and Art Hub Copenhagen, where Adriana Knouf is currently an artist in residence as part of the pan-european S+T+ARTS project “repairing the present”.
This project has received funding from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement LC01641664.