Memoirs of an Orbit Sweeper a short film (Currently applying for production funding) Collaboration with Miguel Correia
A day under the skin of a maintenance worker, whose only task is to remove space debris left floating Earth's orbit. In this context, the Orbit Sweeper travels around the planet in a one-person space capsule, where - and when - she experiences cyclical sensations of sublime, loneliness and solastalgia: part of a phenomenon named by astronauts as “Overview Effect”. As the Orbit Sweeper circles the Earth, she carefully observes all the spectacles Earth’s surface has to give, but the ambiguity of these impressive natural phenomena don’t take long to reveal a deeply upsetting reality. The following topics will serve as the basis for the structure of the movie: 1. Parallelism between Space debris and human-made waste on Earth: In the 1960s, Chicago residents believed that Lake Michigan was vast enough to cover and absorb all the waste they would produce. Gradually, Space in its growing immensity would be treated in a similar way. A reality close to earthly understandings and fallacies, the phenomenon of space debris serves as one of several symbols of human dissipation and neglect. This can then form a useful analogy or parallelism with respect to landfills and the context in which they exist. Space debris comparison between 1950 and 2018 in an image taken from a simulation program created by Kyushu University. (Courtesy of Astroscale) about
Accountability in the Age of AI
"Earthrise", taken in 1968 by Astronaut Bill Anders during the Apollo 8 mission. 2. God’s Eye Perspective and the Overview Effect: The “God's eye perspective”, has caused a radical overhaul in human thinking and, based on images produced during the Apollo missions, has generated a wave of environmental movements. “Earthrise” photograph (Apollo 8, 1968) spurred the creation of “Earth Day” in 1970; "Blue Marble" (Apollo 17, 1972), in turn, was later adapted as the unofficial flag of the same event. Seeing Earth as a whole, fostered a new universal and holistic look, thus blurring the boundaries and lines by which we saw it before. Bill Anders, astronaut and author of these portraits, recalls: "When I looked up and I saw the Earth coming up on this very stark, beat-up lunar horizon, an Earth that was the only colour that we could see, a very fragile looking Earth, a very delicate Earth, I was immediately almost overcome with the thought that we came all this way to the moon and yet the most significant thing we are seeing is our own home planet, the Earth."
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